EDITORIAL NOTE: After a visitor to our site questioned our previous headline, “VIDEO: Images Reveal Lava Breakout Becoming New Flow Front,” we have taken the criticism under consideration and changed the headline. While new maps published by USGS specifically attach the label “Sept 24 flow front” to the breakout, we agree that the previous headline could be seen as a forward looking statement.
(ABOVE PHOTO) A look at the stalled June 27 lava flow front and the breakout that is slowly advancing to the northeast, from Ena Media Hawaii / Courtesy of: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
(ABOVE VIDEO) Hawaii County Civil Defense message for Wednesday, September 24, with video from Ena Media Hawaii / Courtesy of: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters as well as USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory maps and video depicting a geologist sampling lava on the June 27th lava flow using a rock hammer. USGS says “lava samples like this are routinely collected for chemical analysis, which provides insight into the magmatic system feeding the eruption.”
- New images from Ena Media Hawaii aboard Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory provide a good illustration of the stalled flow front and its relationship to a new, slow moving breakout that is advancing to the northeast.
- USGS also issued a few new maps of the June 27 lava flow.
These photos come to us via Ena Media Hawaii on a Wednesday lava flow overflight courtesy Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.