HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii – Folks concerned about the lava flow that has been slowly advancing to the northeast from the Pu’u O’o crater can breathe a little easier, for now.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports breakouts have diminished over the past few days on the Kahaualeʻa flow, which has not advanced significantly since April 8. That’s when this video was taken through a skylight, showing a molten stream surging through a lava tube on the flow field.
Scientists say the flow is dead except for a small breakout at the base of the Pu`u `O`o cone
All this because a vigorous lava flow started to gush from the north spatter cone within Pu`u `O`o early on Saturday morning. It filled the northern part of the crater floor, and spilled over the east rim.
Pulses of activity brought lava about 30 feet below the north rim of Pu`u `O`o, where the HVO Webcams were located. The heat even caused the tripod of one of the cameras to warp, tilting the it downward. Geologists inspected the scene over the weekend and moved the equipment farther back from the crater rim.
Meanwhile, there has been big changes to lava flows on the coastal plain. The so called Peace Day flow continued to enter the ocean at 2 or 3 persistent locations, both inside and outside the National Park, with the eastern plume being the strongest.