Alert for Kilauea volcano lowered amid diminished lava activity from eruption

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory lowered its alert level for Kilauea volcano on the Big Island Friday, noting that hazards from the lava flows and the earthquakes caused by the crater collapses at the summit have diminished.

The observatory lowered the alert to a watch from a warning because the volcano has been quiet for more than a week, but warned that it’s unknown whether the lower activity is just a temporary lull or an end to the eruption events that began May 3 and destroyed some 700 homes.…

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