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Alert Level: NORMAL, Color Code: GREEN
2018-12-08 03:16:31 UTC

U.S. Geological Survey
Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:16 PM HST (Saturday, December 8, 2018, 03:16 UTC)

19°41'31" N 155°52'12" W, Summit Elevation 8278 ft (2523 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN

No significant activity occurred at the volcano in November. Three earthquakes were located around the edges of the volcano. HVO's continuously recording Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver atop Hualālai recorded no significant deformation.

Background: Hualālai is the third most active volcano on the Island of Hawai`i and typically erupts 2 to 3 times per 1,000 years. Hualālai last erupted in 1801 and, more recently, had a damaging seismic swarm in 1929 that was probably the result of a shallow intrusion of magma. Hualālai Volcano is monitored by one continuous GPS instrument and a seismometer located southeast of the summit as well as several instruments on nearby flanks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Key sites on Hualālai and West Mauna Loa are resurveyed using GPS receivers every few years to detect any changes in the volcano's shape.

This notice contains additional volcanoes not displayed: Mauna Loa (NORMAL/GREEN), Mauna Kea (NORMAL/GREEN), Haleakala (NORMAL/GREEN), Lo`ihi (UNASSIGNED/UNASSIGNED).


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