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Kīlauea Summit Collapse Releases Energy Equivalent to 5.4 Earthquake

July 31, 2018, 8:41 AM HST · Updated July 31, 8:41 AM
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This image, looking to the southwest, shows the summit crater during a July 28, 2018 morning overflight. PC: USGS

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse event at Kīlauea summit occurred at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

There was no tsunami generated from the seismic event that released energy equivalent to a 5.4 earthquake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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According to the USGS, the seismic event was centered:

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3.9 miles WSW of Volcano, Hawaiʻi;
23.8 miles WSW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiʻi;
25.2 miles SSW of Hilo, Hawaiʻi;
49.1 miles ESE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi; and
211.4 miles SE of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

The US Geological Survey reports that the eruption has covered more than 13 square miles and created more than 800 acres of new land since the recent onset of volcanic activity in early May.

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