PUNA, Hawaii – The leading tip of the June 27th lava flow may be stalled, but breakouts persist upslope. On Monday, one of those breakouts had advanced a short distance towards the north, reaching one of the fire break roads.
The breakout along the north margin of the stalled flow tip is roughly 1.6 km (1 mile) upslope of Highway 130, scientists say.
Videographer Mick Kalber captured video of this breakout during a Paradise Helicopters overflight today. In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory documented the breakout with photos and thermal imaging.
The scientists also mapped the flow front, showing the advance of the north margin breakout.
A significant breakout has also been reported far upslope near Pu’u O’o. It remains to be seen how this will affect the flow front. We will have video of that breakout with information from USGS shortly.
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