HAWAII ISLAND – The lava breakout from the episode 61g vent on the flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater that began on November 21 has been mapped by scientists.
The breakout was still active when observed on November 29, reports the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Obsevatory, and had traveled about 0.8 miles, “partly surrounding Puʻu Halulu, a tephra cone formed in 1983 at the start of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption.”
In this morning’s activity update, the USGS said topography to the north and east of the breakout is beginning to shunt that branch of lava toward the southeast.
Meanwhile, lava also continues to travel through the original branch of the episode 61g flow, and is still entering the ocean at Kamokuna. “Activity at the ocean entry has been concentrated on the eastern side of the delta,” scientists reported today. “In addition, two small active breakouts were observed yesterday – one at the base of the Pūlama pali and the other on the coastal plain about 1 km (0.6 km) inland from ocean.”