(Big Island Video News) PUNA, Hawaii – The latest overflight video by Mick Kalber helps illustrate civil defense observations made this morning and relayed to media during an 11:30 a.m. conference call. The front of the June 27 lava flow appears sluggish and hasn’t advanced much in the last few days. However, upslope is a different story. Numerous breakouts on the surface and at the margins of the flow show there is plenty of lava still being supplied from the source at Pu’u O’o.
“There are many scattered breakouts upslope,” noted videographer Mick Kalber after his Paradise Helicopters flight on Wednesday, “notably a bit above the area where the north lobe broke away from the main stalled flow. Surface activity near there was quite strong… this seems to be the area of most activity in the bottom two miles or so of the 13-14 mile long flow.” Kalber also saw activity in the area of the geothermal pad and near the Pu`u `O`o vent.
Hawaii County Civil Defense says all current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities.