(BIVN) – Over the past day or so, the Fissure 8 lava channel has fluctuated between periods of apparent lower lava levels in the more distant portions of the channel system, and surges of lava following Kilauea summit collapse events that have caused spillovers of the channel.
UPDATE: According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Friday:
Multiple overflows developed late yesterday afternoon and evening, one of which headed north toward Noni Farms Road, starting a small fire. Field crews determined the advancing overflow had ceased by 21:00 HST but that fires were still burning. Further downstream overflows were concentrated in the wide lava field west and south-southwest of Kapoho cone, also igniting small fires in adjacent vegetation.
From Hawaii County Civil Defense at 6 a.m. HST:
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava with spillovers of the flow channel last evening on the north side in an undeveloped area and near Green Mountain. Earthquakes continue at the Kilauea Summit.
The following guidelines remain in effect:
Check all utility connections of water, gas, and electricity for potential damage from earthquake activity.
Do not access the active flow field due to the extreme hazard of overflows and other breakouts.
The ocean entry continues to produce a “laze” plume. Stay out of the plume to avoid exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.
The Disaster Recovery Center is open Monday to Friday at the Pahoa Community Center. Hours of operation are 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays and 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.
Access placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani Street in Hilo.
We will update this story with observations from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory when they are made available.