(BIVN) – USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Jim Kauahikaua gave an update on all the activity occurring on the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano, as well as the summit, during a 3 p.m. press conference in Hilo.
According to Kauahikaua:
- Fissures 8 and 16 reactivated.
- Fissures 22 and 13 are still feeding the main southbound lava channels going into the ocean, although the entries were quite weak today.
- Fissure 7 is the biggest producer, feeding two lava channels. The north channel going towards Puna Geothermal Venture. The south channel could become a new ocean entry.
- The lava lobe heading towards PGV stalled this morning, but new lava from Fissure 7 reactivated the flow. The flow is on Pad E of the Puna Geothermal Venture, heading from west to east. There is another lobe of that flow going northeast, making some progress towards Highway 132 on the other side of the PGV property.
- A new fissure, number 24, was noticed this morning. It produced a slow lava output, filling a pre-eruption crack in Leilani Estates.
- There was one event at the summit that sent ash up to 10,000 around noon. The summit is deflating.