(ABOVE VIDEO) Saturday afternoon press conference held in Pahoa with video shot today on the ground courtesy Hawaii County, and flyover video courtesy Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions Video and Paradise Helicopters.
- The leading edge of the flow remained stalled, but active breakouts of lava were present elsewhere on the distal portion of the lava flow field. Numerous other breakouts are active and are being monitored closely.
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground observations of the June 27th lava flow throughout the day on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The leading edge of the flow remained stalled, but active breakouts of lava were present elsewhere on the distal portion of the lava flow field.
The lobe of lava that descended from the forest downslope of the Pāhoa cemetery and entered private property on Friday afternoon continued to be active Saturday, when it merged with the north margin of the existing flow and advanced at a rate of about 4 meters (yards) per hour. The front of that lobe was about 200 meters (219 yards) upslope of the stalled flow front as of 5:15 PM, HST.
On the south margin of the existing flow on private property, another active breakout has been moving downslope by about 6 meters (yards) per hour over the course of the day. The breakout is being confined by artificial barriers, which may be influencing its advance rate. As of 5:15 PM the tip of this breakout was 50 meters (55 yards) behind the stalled flow front.
In the pasture below the Pāhoa cemetery, breakout activity Saturday afternoon was weak to moderate, with a minor amount of expansion of the flow margin. The flow is still about 100 meters (109 yards) from a house adjacent to the pasture and has not advanced significantly over the course of the day.
The lobe of lava near the transfer station has stalled at its margin, but breakouts are occurring in the flow interior at that location.
The summit continued to inflate Saturday following the transition from DI deflation to inflation on Friday afternoon. The inflation may lead to a small increase in the eruption rate from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, as observed during previous DI inflation, but it is unclear if such an increase will impact the distal portion of the June 27th lava flow field.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Nov. 1 at 5:48 p.m. HST