(BIVN) – The lower parts of the main lava channel generated by Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates has “undergone significant reorganization” today, resulting in numerous overflows.
The activity prompted this second status report from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Monday evening at 5:05 p.m. HST:
Early this afternoon observers reported multiple overflows occurring along both sides of the main lava channel, in an area extending from near the “Y” intersection at Pohoiki Road eastwards to an area just west of Kapoho Crater. Overflows on the upper part of the channel did not extend beyond areas previously covered in lava. Overflows further down the channel have reached beyond the flow field, including one flow lobe that is moving northeast from the main channel towards Cinder Rd.
USGS said residents are urged to heed warnings and notices from Hawaii County Civil Defense.
At 4 p.m. civil defense said there was “no immediate threat at this time,” but added that “residents in the Cinder Road area are advised to be prepared for voluntary evacuation if necessary.”
In its evening update, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory added:
Based on information from ground observers and morning and afternoon overflights, the lower part of the main lava channel has undergone significant reorganization. In particular, the channel that had been open near Four Corners is now mostly crusted over, and plumes from ocean entry are significantly reduced. It is likely this is due to a blockage that formed in the early morning in the main channel upstream of Kapoho Crater. Flow volumes coming out of Fissure 8 remain significant, and it is possible that changes in flow channels will continue to occur in the coming days.