(ABOVE PHOTO) USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo taken on October 22 shows narrow lobe covering part of a dirt road en route towards Pahoa.
(ABOVE VIDEO) Hawaii County Civil Defense message with video from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Ena Media Hawaii aboard Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
- The narrow lava flow front is now advancing much faster, and has gone 425 yards since yesterday. It is now 0.3 miles from Apa’a Street.
- Hawaii County has closed Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road between the Pahoa Transfer Station and Kaohe Homesteads Road. Civil Defense will be operating in the area around the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.
The leading edge of the flow went from “stalled” a few days ago to over 400 yards in one day. The sudden increase in speed has emergency officials on high alert, but no evacuations have been ordered at this time.
This morning’s assessment shows that the narrow finger that was advancing along the south edge of the flow has advanced approximately 425 yards since yesterday. This new flow front is active and moving in a northeast direction. Currently the leading edge of the advancing flow is approximately .3 miles from the Apa’a Street area near the Pahoa Transfer Station. There was very little burning activity and smoke conditions were moderate. There is no brush fire threat at this time.
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.
With the change in flow activity and advancement, Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will be closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.Hawaii County Civil Defense on Oct. 23 at 8:45 a.m. HST
Lava continues to erupt at a low discharge rate from Puʻu ʻŌʻō into the June 27th flow lava tube.
The distal portion of the June 27th lava flow was mapped this afternoon by HVO scientists via helicopter. The length of the flow at that time was 17.9 km (11.1 mi) as measured in a straight line, and 20.8 km (12.9 mi) as measured along the axis of the flow.
A narrow finger of lava less than 50 m (55 yd) wide overtook the flow front in the past 2 days, moving 370 m (405 yd) since Monday. Today the flow was moving downslope in a small gully, which increased this particular flow’s advance rate from about 80 m/day (87 yd/day) during the previous week to as much as 300 m/day (330 yd/day) at times during the past 2 days. The flow is continuing to follow the steepest-descent path toward Pāhoa as shown on lava flow maps.
The previous flow front just upslope of this new flow has also advanced downslope at a rate of about 40 m/day (44 yd) during the past 2 days.
The leading edge of the narrow flow is about 1.0 km (0.6 mi) upslope from Apaʻa St. along the steepest-descent path and 0.8 km (0.5 mi) upslope from the closest point along Apaʻa St. in a straight line.
Daily updates about Kīlauea’s ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, and data about recent earthquakes are posted on the HVO Web site at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
Our next overflight is scheduled for Friday. A new status report will be posted as warranted. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 22 at 11:55 p.m. HST