(BIVN) – A new ocean entry has been observed near Ahalanui Beach Park in Puna, as a fast-moving channelized ʻaʻā flow appears to have met the sea.
Live videos from lava boat operators Ikaika Marzo and Shane Turpin streamed to Facebook show huge plumes in the areas of Secrets Surf Spot, although the laze from the new lava entry obscured a view of Ahalanui Beach Park, home of the popular warm ponds.
At 4 p.m. Hawaii County Civil Defense said the lava flow had proceeded to ¼ mile from Ahalanui Park.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported earlier today that the Fissure 8 lava channel was apparently blocked again just west of Kapoho Crater sometime overnight, and a majority of the channel lava began flowing south along the west edge of previous flows west of Kapoho Crater.
Civil defense said that break outs that occurred earlier today in Leilani Estates have stalled but destroyed three homes in the area.