UPDATE: Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater Eruption Created Small Flow
*** Updated at 1:40 p.m. on April 10 to include photos. ***
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say that around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a vent on the south edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater erupted a small lava flow on the crater floor. The flow remained throughout Wednesday and the tiltmeter on the north flank of the crater recorded minor variations.
On Thursday, the April 6 breakout continued showing signs of activity as observed by HVO scientists through the use of webcam imaging. The tiltmeter on the north flank was still recording minor variations Thursday.
Webcam images show that the upslope June 27 lava flow breakouts in the East Rift Zone area are still active. The three breakouts are within 4 miles of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The Feb. 21 breakout continues along the northern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, while the March 9 breakout that originated near Pu’u Kahauale’a is also still showing signs of activity, and the forked breakout remains 3-4 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō
HVO says there hasn’t been any significant change in tilt being recorded at the summit over the past day, although seismic tremor continues at the summit. Episodic bursts have accompanied splattering and temporary drops in lava levels.
Downslope portions of the June 27 lava continue to remain inactive and stalled.