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5.5 magnitude earthquake rattles Kīlauea's summit

By Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather staff writer
June 06, 2018, 2:02:12 AM EDT

A small explosion occurred at Kīlauea's summit at 4:32 a.m. HST on Tuesday, June 5.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported the event as an magnitude 5.5 earthquake. This is similar to other events of the past few weeks, according to a United States Geological Survey (USGS) tweet.

Hawaii volcano

During HVO's overflight on the morning of May 24, the fissure 22 fountain was not as high as several days previous, but was still erupting significant lava. (Photo/USGS photo by M. Patrick)

The earthquake did not trigger a tsunami, but there could be another eruption.

Many of the previous eruptions have followed earthquakes. Kīlauea is currently under red warning, according the USGS.

The USGS declares a red warning if a "major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air."

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) overflight confirms that lava extends 0.7 of a mile into Kapoho Bay as of 6:30 a.m. HST Tuesday, according to a USGS tweet.

To the south, lava is entering the water at the Vacationland tidepools. Lava has inundated most of that subdivision, according to a USGS.

To the north, lava has covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots. The northernmost lobe of the Fissure 8 flow, in the Noni Farms Road area, advanced downslope about 200 yards overnight.

The intensity of lava fountaining at Fissure 8 declined overnight, but it still remains active. The fountain height is fluctuating between 130 and 160 feet.

Fissure 8 continues to feed a channel transporting lava to the northeast along Highway 132 and east to the ocean entry in Kapoho Bay, according to a USGS.

Hawaii Kīlauea volcano 6/5/2018

Kīlauea Status Report 8:10 a.m. HST on June 5, 2018: Fissure 8 130-160 ft fountains; Kapoho Bay filled by lava; much of Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots inundated; Fissure 8 north flow slight advance overnight. (Twitter/ USGS)

Hawaii has experienced approximately 9,900 earthquakes in the last 30 days accompanied by ash plumes and spewing lava, according to USGS.

Volcanic eruptions and lava flows have devastated communities and evaporated lakes on the island.


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