(ABOVE VIDEO) Hawaii County Civil Defense message issued October 9 with video from USGS HVO released on October 8.
- The lava flow front has advanced approximately 65 yards since yesterday.
This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front continues to be active and has advanced approximately 65 yards since yesterday. The narrow flow front is moving northeast along the tree line and may begin to enter areas of lighter vegetation. The burning activity is producing a significant amount of smoke and smoke conditions in the area were light to moderate with a light trade wind out of the northeast.
Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time. Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.
The public is reminded that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will remain restricted to area residents only.
Due to the uncertainty of the flow and possible impact on the community, the State Department of Health has issued the following advisory:
Residents dependent on medical services, treatment, or supplies and who live in communities that may be cut off by the advancing lava flow to relocate outside the affected area to ensure continued access to necessary medical support. If the lava flow crosses Highway 130, medical services and supplies will be severely limited and emergency medical service response time may be significantly delayed.
With the unpredictable nature of the lava flow, residents and visitors are advised to listen to Hawaii County Civil Defense updates and advisories.
We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding and your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.Hawaii County Civil Defense on Oct. 9
The June 27th lava flow activity remains relatively slow and steady. Lava continues to move through the tube from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, delivering lava to the flow front. An HVO overflight on Wednesday observed scattered breakouts along the edges and surface of the flow, mostly within 1.5 km (1 mile) of the front. There were also at least two small breakouts present roughly 2.5-3 km behind the flow front, as well as where the flow first enters the crack system approximately 9 km (5.5 mi) behind the active flow front. The front remains narrow, about 110 m wide. The flow front was 1.4 km (0.9 miles) from Apa`a St. and 2.5 km (1.6 miles) from Pahoa Village Road, measured in a straight line. Based on this morning’s civil defense over flight, the leading edge of the flow has advanced 60 m (65 yards) to the northeast since yesterday.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: There was no significant net change in ground tilt at Puʻu ʻŌʻō over the past day. Glow was visible overnight above several outgassing openings in the crater floor. The most recent sulfur-dioxide emission-rate measurement for the East Rift Zone was 550 tonnes per day (from all sources) on September 25, 2014. Seismic tremor has been low and constant.
Summit Observations: There has been very slight inflationary ground tilt since mid-day Wednesday, with no significant change in lava level in the Overlook crater. The level of the surface of the lava lake was 55 m below the overlook crater rim. There was no major change in seismicity on Kīlauea over the past day. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 9