(ABOVE VIDEO)Friday morning lava overflight video taken by Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions Video aboard Paradise Helicopters.
- The lava flow front has moved about 300 yards downslope over the past two days. The narrow flow front is about 230 feet wide. The current flow front overtook the stalled front earlier this week.
- The leading edge is now about 1.2 miles from Apa`a Street, and 1.9 miles from Pāhoa Village Road.
After a stall last week, the flow front is moving again, although slowly. Today, the lava moved into some forest along the south edge of the front. Overflight video by Mick Kalber (above) shows the lava burning through ohia and tall albizia trees. Today’s activity produced a significant amount of smoke.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory observed deflationary tilt at Kīlauea’s summit yesterday. Last week’s stall was coincidental with deflation at the summit. Activity returned a few days after summit inflation returned.
Volcanic Activity Summary: The June 27th flow remains active, with a narrow flow about 70 m (230 ft) wide moving about 270 m (300 yards) downslope over the past 2 days. The leading edge is 2.0 km (1.2 mi) upslope from Apa`a St. and 3.0 km (1.9 mi) from Pāhoa Village Road, and it is approximately 16.7 km (10.4 miles) straight-line distance from the vent. Our next overflight is scheduled for Monday.
Pāhoa town is in the Puna District of the County of Hawai`i.
[Lava flow] The narrow flow that overtook the stalled flow front earlier this week has moved about 270 m (300 yards) downslope over the past two days. The leading edge is now about 2 km (1.2 mi) from Apa`a St.
[Lava flow] The June 27th lava flow from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent is active, and lava is being supplied to the flow front, which is slowly advancing downslope toward Pāhoa.
Remarks: The Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent in the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano began erupting on January 3, 1983, and has continued erupting for more than 31 years, with the majority of lava flows advancing to the south. Over the past two years, lava flows have issued from the vent toward the northeast. The June 27th flow is the most recent of these flows and the first to threaten a residential area since 2010-2011. On June 27, 2014, new vents opened on the northeast flank of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone and fed a narrow lava flow to the east-northeast. On August 18, the flow entered a ground crack, traveled underground for several days, then resurfaced to form a small lava pad. This sequence was repeated three more times over the following days with lava entering and filling other cracks before reappearing at the surface, in two of the cases farther downslope. Lava emerged from the last crack on September 6, forming a surface flow that initially moved to the north, then to the northeast, at a rate of 400 m/day (1,300 ft/day). The flow slowed thereafter and, between September 12 and 19, the rate of advancement varied, averaging 225 m/day (740 ft/day). The flow front stalled by September 22, but new breakouts behind the flow front began to push forward, overtaking the stalled front on September 29 and advancing 270 m (300 yards) between October 1 and 3. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 3