Lava returns to Pu'u 'O'o crater

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lava is once again visible in the Pu'u 'O'o crater, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Scientists said the lava's return follows a 17-day pause in the eruption's activity on Kilauea Volcano's east rfit zone.

Lava was spotted shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday. HVO Webcam images showed lava slowly filling the deepest parts of the crater.

According to the observatory, an abrupt deflation occurred about the same time that lava appeared in the crater, but the deflation then switched to inflation by 11 a.m. The eruption of lava was accompanied by a brief seismic tremor burst.

"Lava is currently confined to the Pu'u 'O'o crater and, so far, poses no threat to structures within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or outside Park boundaries," said Jim Kauahikaua, the observatory's scientist-in-charge.

The crater floor collapsed March 5. A few hours later, a fissure opened southwest of Pu'u 'O'o and began erupting fountains of lava. The lava erupted from what became known as the Kamoamoa fissure until March 9, when all activity on the east rift zone paused until Saturday.

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