KALAPANA, Hawaii – The forward progress of the active 61g lava flow slowed significantly between Thursday and Friday as it moved across the coastal plain on Kīlauea’s south flank.
When the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory mapped the lava flow on Friday afternoon, the flow front had advanced only 98 yards since Thursday’s measurements. The flow front remains 0.7 miles from the ocean.
Scientists say the activity at the leading tip of the flow was fairly weak Friday.
There is still some dramatic activity closer to the Pulama pali, where channelized ʻaʻā lava flows were still active on the steep slopes.
Bright incandescence is visible in the overnight webcam views of the active lava flow field, marking lava tube skylights above the pali.