June 27 Lava Flow Update – 3/24/15
For nearly two weeks, the June 27 lava flow has remained relatively consistent in its activity levels.
Hawai’i County Civil Defense conducted a morning overflight on Tuesday, observing continued lack of activity in the downslope regions of the flow.
Further upslope, approximately 8 miles from the stalled portions of the flow, activity continues and breakouts have been observed all the way up to the summit area.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory noted Tuesday morning that the three breakouts upslope in Kilauea’s East Rift Zone remain active. All three of the breakouts are within 4 miles of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and include a breakout on the northern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, referred to as the Feb. 21 breakout, a breakout near Pu’u Kahauale’a, and another about 3-4 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. HVO says the breakout located northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō continues to burn forested area, according to webcam imagery.
Just before midnight on Monday, Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s central vent had a small lava flow erupt from it. According to HVO, the eruption was confined to the crater..
At the current time, none of the lava activity is posing a threat to communities in the area. Civil Defense, along with HVO, will continue to monitor conditions and keep the public informed of any changes.
Very light smoke conditions were reported Tuesday morning as light variable winds were blowing. As usual, smoke and vog conditions can change at any time. Individuals who are sensitive are advised to take necessary precautions.