(BIVN) – Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent on its East Rift Zone, where the episode 61g lava flow is still producing scattered surface flow activity.
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists set out to map the flow on Tuesday, December 5, and found that the active breakouts closest to the emergency route were 1.1 miles from the gravel road.
Scientists say the active breakouts observed Tuesday on the coastal plain were all being fed by the eastern tube (labeled in photo at the top) from the June 26 breakout. The main 61g lava tube has also been supplying some coastal plain breakouts, but within a smaller area at the base of Pūlama Pali, USGS reports.
These lava flows pose no threat to nearby communities at this time. The Kamokuna ocean entry is still inactive, as scientists reported a plume from the ocean entry area is not evident.