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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 12:17 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2007

3.2-magnitude quake shakes Kilauea as lava still flows

Advertiser Staff

HILO — A magnitude-3.2 earthquake shook the lower east rift zone of Kilauea this morning at 8:59 a.m., but it isn't clear if the quake will have any effect on the ongoing eruption.

The earthquake was centered beneath Pu'ulena crater at a depth of about two miles, according to an update from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The eruption that began on July 21 from a series of fissures east of Pu'u 'O'o is continuing, with lava mainly ponding in the area surrounding the fissures. However, one fissure is still supplying lava to an 'a'a flow that is moving slowly southeast.

Scientists warned the vent areas are dangerous, and access to the eruption site is closed.