Kilauea volcano eruption pauses after 12 days

This USGS photo shows the southern rim of Halema Ľuma Ľu crater at the summit of Kilauea on Friday, June 16.

Kilauea volcano has taken another break.

The summit eruption at the volcano, located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has paused after 12 days, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported just after 8:30 p.m. tonight.

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The eruption — which had been confined to Halemaʻumaʻu crater within the summit caldera at Kilauea — rapidly declined this afternoon around 4 p.m.

At that time, there was a rapid decline in lava fountaining and effusion at the vent on the southwest side of Halemaʻumaʻu crater.

Vent activity had been vigorous up to that point in the day. Circulation of the southwestern lava lake slowed thereafter, and the lake’s surface dropped by several meters, according to HVO.

No unusual activity has been noted along the volcano’s East Rift Zone or Southwest Rift Zone.

The latest eruption of Kilauea began at 4:44 a.m. on June 8.

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