(BIVN) – Speaking before a packed Pahoa High School cafeteria on Tuesday evening, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Steve Brantley gave a thorough update on the eruption along the lower East Rift Zone in Puna.
At 10:22 p.m. on Tuesday night, the USGS had this update:
Eruption of lava and ground cracking continues in the area of Leilani Estates subdivision.
Over the course of the day, the most active eruptive activity in the Lower East Rift Zone shifted to the middle portion of the system of fissures. The most active fissures were 22,19, 6, 5, and 23. Fissure 17, at the northeastern end of the fissure system is only weakly active now. Fissure 6 is feeding a flow to the south, roughly parallel to the western flow from fissure 22. Fountaining of fissures 5 and 23 fed flows in the eastern part of Leilani Estates.
For recent maps of activity, see this page.
Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava are possible in the area. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Count of Hawaii Civil Defense messages and warnings.
Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Elevated earthquake activity continues, but earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past couple of days, and there were only a few earthquakes located today in the rift zone.