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New Puʻu ʻŌʻō Breakouts Remain Active

May 26, 2016, 1:35 PM HST
* Updated May 26, 1:47 PM
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The two new lava flows that broke out from Puʻu ʻŌʻō on May 24 remain active.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say the breakouts have not advanced significantly over the past day.

According to a Thursday morning update, an HVO overflight noted that the northern breakout was feeding a new channelized lobe that was about 0.6 miles long.

The eastern breakout, located in the area of the 2011 “Peace Day” flow, was also feeding a flow, this one near the vent. HVO says the flow in this area is short and is stalled.

As of Thursday morning, neither lava flow has extended beyond the existing Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field.

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These flows are not threatening any area communities.

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 Despite heavy rain, which resulted in blurry spots on this photo due to water droplets on the camera lens, HVO scientists were able to do some of the work they hoped to accomplish during this morning's overflight, Wednesday. USGS/HVO photo.

Despite heavy rain, which resulted in blurry spots on this photo due to water droplets on the camera lens, HVO scientists were able to do some of the work they hoped to accomplish during this morning’s overflight, Wednesday. USGS/HVO photo.

Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, another HVO geologist uses a rock hammer to collect a sample of the active flow, Wednesday. USGS/HVO photo.

Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, another HVO geologist uses a rock hammer to collect a sample of the active flow, Wednesday. USGS/HVO photo.

A slightly closer view of the lava flow from the eastern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. USGS/HVO photo.

A slightly closer view of the lava flow from the eastern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. USGS/HVO photo.

On May 25, the northern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō was feeding an impressive channel of lava that extended about 950 m (0.6 mi) northwest of the cone. This channel was about 10 m (32 ft) wide as of 8:30 a.m. USGS/HVO photo.

On May 25, the northern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō was feeding an impressive channel of lava that extended about 950 m (0.6 mi) northwest of the cone. This channel was about 10 m (32 ft) wide as of 8:30 a.m. USGS/HVO photo.

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