PUNA, Hawaii – Activity at the front of the June 27 lava flow appears to have stalled, scientists say, but surface flows remain active behind.
Updated photos and maps were posted to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website on Wednesday evening. This description accompanied the USGS HVO photo seen at the top of this page:
The June 27th flow remains active, but surface flows at the very farthest reaches of the flow appear to have stalled today. The lava flow front consisted of an isolated pad of lava that emerged from a deep ground crack several days ago. Today, this pad of lava appeared inactive at the surface, with no sign obvious activity in the adjacent crack. On today’s overflight, the farthest active surface flows were on the main body of the June 27th flow, and were 8.5 km (5.3 miles) from the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō, or about 6 km (3.7 miles) from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on August 27, 2014
Here is an inset taken from the latest USGS map (August 27, 2014). The map now shows subdivision names, possibly in response to requests made at recent community meetings.