(BIVN) – The latest from Hawaii County Civil Defense posted on Friday morning at 6 a.m. HST:
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kilauea Summit and the lower east rift zone from fissure 8. Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes. Field crews report a lava pond remains confined to fissure 8. HVO continues to monitor Kilauea for possible signs of reactivation.
The following guidelines remain in effect:
Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Lava eruption could resume at any time.
Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution.
The plates on Highway 130 are stable, motorists are reminded to slow down while traveling through the area.
The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Pahoa Community Center is open.
We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.
Yesterday, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Osbervatory noted that the “crusted lava pond was observed deep within the fissure 8 cone this morning. It may be at a depth near the pre-eruption ground surface.”
Yesterday, lava continued to ooze into the ocean and was still active near Pohoiki. “Pohoiki still stands, but is now basically surrounded by Pele’s residual lava as she continues to slowly encroach on the boat ramp,” observed videographer Mick Kalber, recording video from above on a Paradise Helicopters flight. “Lava has flowed in front of the parking lot and and black sand has reached all the way up to the boat ramp. However, the boat ramp was still standing and usable as of this morning. Only a few lava fingers appeared active in the area, but she continues to slowly push forward. Hopefully, the lack of new lava entering the system will stop Pele’s advance on Pohoiki Bay… again we’ll see. She can’t go mush further without severely impacting the use of the harbor.”
Kalber’s overflight video included a look at Puʻu ʻŌʻō, which generated a brief dust plume yesterday morning following a magnitude-4.4 earthquake.
“Gas measurements of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō plume taken on August 6 and 7 indicated a reduced SO2 emission rate lower than the August 3 measurement and similar to what has been observed over the past three months,” the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory stated on Thursday. “No active lava was observed in the crater on an overflight on August 6th. This morning, the steam plume appears wispy and intermittent.”