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Brief Breakout Activity at Puʻu ʻŌʻō Reported

August 28, 2015, 3:20 PM HST
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A lava flow began to erupt from a vent on the northeast side of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor Thursday morning, as noted by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Officials said on Friday that the activity ceased at midnight Friday.

At the summit of Kilauea, a pattern of inflation was reported Friday morning by HVO. Deflation took place throughout the day and into the evening at the summit Thursday, but switched back to activity levels seen in the early portion of the week the next morning.

Kilauea’s Overlook crater lava lake remains active, but has not had a surface fluctuation since Thursday. HVO reports that the measurement of the lake on Thursday morning was 190 feet below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu.

Seismic activity both below Kilauea and Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain low.

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Observation via webcam images of the June 27, 2014 lava flow show continued activity on the flow field that is northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The flows are active within 5 miles of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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HVO field crews planned to visit the eruption site Friday to map the extent of the breakout and take measurements.

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Aug. 27:  This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  A shot taken from directly over raging river of lava.  Chunks of the lava's cooling surface float downslope.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: A shot taken from directly over raging river of lava. Chunks of the lava’s cooling surface float downslope. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  Lava flows out from beneath the cooled crust of the leading edge of a breakout in the middle of the flow field.   Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Lava flows out from beneath the cooled crust of the leading edge of a breakout in the middle of the flow field. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Breakouts on the flow field near the distal tip of the northern branch, with Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater in the background.   Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Breakouts on the flow field near the distal tip of the northern branch, with Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater in the background. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  A significant breakout occurred around 1 am this morning on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and it has advanced to the approximately 1/3 of a mile to the northwest as it spreads out on the flow field. It seems to be flowing over the general path of the tube that transports lava to the distal tip, so it's possible that an obstruction has occurred within it, forcing lava to the surface.   Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: A significant breakout occurred around 1 am this morning on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and it has advanced to the approximately 1/3 of a mile to the northwest as it spreads out on the flow field. It seems to be flowing over the general path of the tube that transports lava to the distal tip, so it’s possible that an obstruction has occurred within it, forcing lava to the surface. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: This breakout on the northern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o occurred at approximately 1 am, but it was still raging Thursday. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: A fresh breakout near the distal tip, pours lava over an older flow.    Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: A fresh breakout near the distal tip, pours lava over an older flow. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Molten lava oozes from beneath the cooled silvery crust of the leading edge.    Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Molten lava oozes from beneath the cooled silvery crust of the leading edge. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Activity continues at the distal tip of the eastern branch, but volume was very low, quite possibly a result of the new breakout on the northern flank.   Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Activity continues at the distal tip of the eastern branch, but volume was very low, quite possibly a result of the new breakout on the northern flank. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27:  Subdued activity continues along the northern tree line, probably a result of the new breakout on the northern flank stealing away volume from the distal tips.   Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 27: Subdued activity continues along the northern tree line, probably a result of the new breakout on the northern flank stealing away volume from the distal tips. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

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