HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii – USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists took to the air over Puʻu ʻŌʻō this morning, capturing more imagery and mapping the lava lobe changes.
The two breakouts that began on the flanks of Puʻu ʻŌʻō on May 24 are still active, scientists report. “This morning, the active portions of both flows remained relatively short,” USGS wrote in a late afternoon update, “extending no more than 1 km (0.6 miles) from their breakout points. The northern breakout [shown in the video above] changed course slightly overnight, but is still directed towards the northwest in an impressive channel, with lava spreading out at the flow front.”
A new lobe of lava broke out of yesterday’s active channel and was advancing to the northwest. This new lobe of lava had advanced about 0.6 miles as of this morning. Yesterday’s western-most channel on the northern breakout is now inactive.
The flow front on the second flow from the eastern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō has stalled. The lava flow is in the area of the “Peace Day” flow that broke out in September 2011 and remained active as of this morning. USGS measured its total length at about 0.75 miles long. This lava flow was slowly spreading laterally.
USGS HVO posted this new map showing where all the new breakouts are in relation to Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the greater Puna community. The scientists say the flows are not currently threatening any nearby communities.