HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – A new lava breakout has joined a new branch of the 61g flow that broke out on the east flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō on November 21.
The latest breakout emerged from the same vent at about 4 a.m. this morning, much like the November 21 breakout, scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.
The new breakout is sending more lava streaming to the east, and has joined the earlier breakout which is also still active, advancing slowly to east.
Scientists say this new breakout was still active at sunrise, having advanced a few hundred yards downslope, on top of existing 61g flows.
Lava also continues to travel through the original branch of the episode 61g flow, entering the ocean at Kamokuna, where activity has been concentrated on the east side of the delta. USGS reports a breakout near the base of the Pūlama pali, inland from the ocean entry, also remains active.
The 61g lava flows do not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities.