(BIVN) – Things remain quiet on the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano, as well as at the summit.
No incandescent lava was visible in the fissure 8 cone during the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory morning overflight Monday. USGS reported on Saturday that the Hawaii County Fire Department observed a small lava pond, deep within the fissure 8 cone, during an overflight. The threat from passing Hurricane Lane prevented the scientists from making any additional observations.
Today, that lava pond was apparently gone. Only one small ocean entry along the Kapoho lobe was visible during this morning’s USGS overflight. Steam persists on the flow field due to the heavy rainfall over the past several days from water seeping into still-hot rock.
The next Pahoa Eruption Information Meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 5. It will be held at 5 p.m. at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.
The postponement of the meeting comes as first responders are working on damage assessments in the wake of Hurricane Lane, the county says.
Fissure 8 has no active lava, and it still has no name.
A few weeks ago, the county introduced a resolution to encourage the State Board on Geographic Names to consult with community members who have direct traditional, cultural, and familial ties to the district of Puna to establish an appropriate name for the Fissure 8 vent.
A number of testifiers spoke at the committee meeting held in Hilo.
On August 22, the full council met in Kona and voted to approve the measure. Councilwoman Sue Lee Loy had an update.
This week, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced a second batch of checks from OHA’s natural disaster relief program were released to 55 Native Hawaiian households to help them cope with the devastating impacts of the eruption. $250,000 in funds have been set aside for the emergency financial assistance.
OHA shared these video interviews with impacted beneficiaries.