Overflight shows lava flow still moving eastward


The lava flow from Pu‘u ‘O‘o appears to continue to move eastward through a ground crack, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Friday morning.

HVO said steam was spotted farther along the fracture during an overflight this morning, suggesting the flow remains active below the surface.

Lava was also seen at the surface where it is plunging into the crack, according to HVO.

Reports early Thursday suggested the flow may have stalled.

Janet Babb, HVO geologist, said the movement of the steam within the crack is evidence that it remains active at its outer edges and continues to move toward populated areas.

It wasn’t clear whether the volume of lava feeding the flow has changed.

The flow is is estimated to be about 1.8 miles from the Kaohe Homesteads.

For more information, visit http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php.

 

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