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Volcano Information Update for December 20th, 2020

The HIRSC - Weather Team is continuing to monitor earthquake activity at Kīlauea Summit and Halema'uma'u Crater.

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The HIRSC - Weather Team is continuing to monitor a cluster of earthquakes that occurred in the vicinity of the Kīlauea Summit around Halema'uma'u Crater.

As of 10:00 pm Sunday evening, the HIRSC - Weather Team had recorded a total of 30 earthquakes happen from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Magnitude ranging from 0.6 to 3.8 was recorded all within a 5-mile radius of the summit.

As that activity was recorded the HIRSC Team has captured from the summit webcams, very visible orange and ash plume coming from the Halema'uma'u Crater. Contributors to HIRSC has confirmed a large orange glow coming from the Halema'uma'u Crater with ash plume billowing from the lake at the summit. Currently, a large crowd people are at the summit and witnessing the events unfolding.

The HIRSC Team has officially received official confirmation from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) that a new eruption is occurring at the Halema'uma'u Crater via their Facebook page.

We will continue to monitor these events and several members of the HIRSC Team are en-route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to document some events.

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