(ABOVE MAP) The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a new set of maps tracking the June 27 lava flow on Monday. This large-scale map shows the distal part of the flow in relation to nearby Puna communities. The area of the flow on September 6 at 11:10 a.m. is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on September 8 at 12:45 p.m. is shown in red. The black dots mark the flow front on specific dates.
PUNA, Hawaii – The June 27 lava flow continues to move north in the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, and could reach the government road in Pāhoa within 16-18 days. A new Volcanic Activity Notice was issued by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Monday evening.
Between September 6 and 8, the flow advanced northward at a rate of 400 m/d (1,300 ft/d). In this way, the flow had advanced approximately 13.7 km (8.5 miles straight-line distance) from the vent, or to within 1.2 km (0.7 miles) of the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, by the afternoon of September 8. At the average rate of advancement of 400 m/day (1,300 ft/day) since September 6, we project that lava could flow from its current location either through the north part of Kaohe Homesteads, or to the north of Kaohe Homesteads, and reach the government road in Pāhoa within 16-18 days if lava is not further confined within the cracks and down-dropped blocks within the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea volcano. These estimates will be continually refined as we track this lava flow.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at 5:01 p.m. September 8, 2014
Scientists also plotted the flow on some new maps Monday. Aside from the map at the top of this story, the USGS put together two more: