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Upslope June 27 Lava Flow Activity Consistent

April 17, 2015, 1:19 PM HST
* Updated April 17, 1:23 PM
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Activity in the area near the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent continues as the June 27 lava flow’s movement remains concentrated in the upslope areas.

As of Friday morning, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that all three breakouts near Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain active as Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt from its East Rift Zone and the summit.

The three breakouts are located on the northern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, near Pu’u Kahauale’a, and a forked breakout 3-4 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Activity in the flow has not changed significantly in recent weeks.

According to HVO, the tiltmeter on the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō has shown no significant change in ground tilt. Thermal webcam images also show multiple incandescent outgassing areas in the crater, which is normal.

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No significant change in ground tilt was recorded in the past week at Kilauea’s summit and seismic tremor continues, according to HVO, with episodic bursts associated with spattering. This activity causes a drop in lava level.

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HVO is currently conducting overflights in the area on a bi-weekly basis.

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April 16 2015. A toe of lava breaks out, forming ropey braids. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16 2015. A toe of lava breaks out, forming ropey braids. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. The cooled surface of a pahoehoe flow breaks loose, releasing molten lava in the middle of the flow field. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. The cooled surface of a pahoehoe flow breaks loose, releasing molten lava in the middle of the flow field. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. The surface of the hot, fresh flow is very reflective due to the silica in its composition. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. The surface of the hot, fresh flow is very reflective due to the silica in its composition. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Pressure from within breaks the cooled crust, allowing molten lava to ooze forth. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Pressure from within breaks the cooled crust, allowing molten lava to ooze forth. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. In this photo, the bluish white smoke in the middle left of the frame is from the active flow, while the grayish white vapor on the right is steam rising from the still warm but static year old flow. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. In this photo, the bluish white smoke in the middle left of the frame is from the active flow, while the grayish white vapor on the right is steam rising from the still warm but static year old flow. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Lava continued to advance into forested areas about 5 miles downslope of Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Lava continued to advance into forested areas about 5 miles downslope of Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. A breakout about 5 miles from the vent begins consuming toppled trees from an earlier flow. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. A breakout about 5 miles from the vent begins consuming toppled trees from an earlier flow. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Pu‘u Kahauale‘a sits in the foreground, while Pu‘u ‘O‘o is hidden by the low cloud cover. Visible on its northeastern flank is the perched pond that was a product of the June 27 breakout. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Pu‘u Kahauale‘a sits in the foreground, while Pu‘u ‘O‘o is hidden by the low cloud cover. Visible on its northeastern flank is the perched pond that was a product of the June 27 breakout. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Activity continues in this area about a mile north of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, as lava continues to encroach upon the northern tree line. There were numerous breakouts in the middle of the flow field as well. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

April 16, 2015. Activity continues in this area about a mile north of Pu‘u ‘O‘o as lava continues to encroach upon the northern tree line. There were numerous breakouts in the middle of the flow field as well. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

 

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