In light of the reduced eruptive activity at Kīlauea Volcano over the last several days, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has lowered the Alert Level for ground based hazards from WARNING to WATCH.
HVO officials say this change indicates that the hazards posed by crater collapse events at the Kīlauea summit and lava flows in the Lower East Rift Zone are diminished. However, the change does not mean with absolute certainty that the LERZ eruption or summit collapses are over. It remains possible that eruption and collapse activity could resume.
Although no signs of imminent hazardous activity are present at this time, residents of the region near recently active fissures should stay informed, heed Civil Defense warnings, and be prepared, if necessary, to self-evacuate.
The aviation color code remains at ORANGE.
HVO will continue to closely monitor Kīlauea’s seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions for any sign of reactivation, and maintain visual surveillance of the summit and LERZ.
USGS webcam image as of 10:45 a.m. on August 17.