Hawaii Volcano Summary: East Rift Zone Activity Continues Towards Forest Reserve

According to the Hawaii Volcano Summary, there was net inflation at Puʻu ʻŌʻō over the past day, and glow was visible overnight above several openings in the crater floor. The farthest lobe of lava on the June 27th flow continued plunging into a deep crack in Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone about 9.4 km from the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Over the past several days, the crack has produced a line of steaming that has slowly lengthened, which suggests that lava has been traveling east-northeast within the crack. The farthest point of steaming on the crack yesterday morning was about 11.0 km from the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō and about 3.5 km from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. A webcam showed glow above the steaming area overnight, suggesting that lava has emerged from the crack, or is at least close to the ground surface, though its possible that the glow might be from a closer breakout near where lava plunges into the crack.

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