The final daily eruption and lava flow information update from Hawaii County Civil Defense was issued on Friday. The audio alert accompanies video shot by Mick Kalber over the flow on Thursday from a Paradise Helicopter.
by David Corrigan
PUNA – For the first time in months, residents on Hawaii Island did not hear the voice of a civil defense representative over the radio this weekend, updating the public on the June 27th lava flow.
Last week the lava flow alert level was downgraded from Warning to Watch. Lava is still active 8 miles upslope from the stalled flow front. It appears unlikely that lava will reoccupy the lava tube system and reactivate the flow near Pahoa.
On Friday, civil defense issued their final alert, for the time being.
With the ongoing decrease in down slope activity and the downgrade in the threat level issued by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this past Wednesday March 25th, daily assessments and eruption updates will be suspended effective tomorrow, Saturday March 28th. Hawaii County Civil Defense on March 27, 2015
The volcanic activity will continue to be monitored by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the community will be kept informed of any changes or possible threats.
Mick Kalber also plans to continue to provide footage of the flow, although less frequently. Kalber shared his observations in a Thursday dispatch.
A great deal of surface lava was observed however within four miles of the Pu`u `O`o vent. The north flank flow of the vent is still active, with several sizable breakouts seen there. Lava continued to flow in pahoehoe toes and larger outbreaks at numerous places downslope from the vent, and is weakly burning the forest about a mile and a half below Pu’u ‘O’o. Perhaps the most vigorous surface lava is about four miles below the vent, but still several miles from the beginning of the crack system. Mick Kalber on March 26, 2015
According to USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory observations made on Saturday, breakouts continue on the northern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō (Feb. 21 breakout), an area near Puʻu Kahauale’a, and an area 3-4 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.