Hawaii Volcano Summary: Flow Remains Active

The June 27th lava flow at Kilauea remains active, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory‘s latest update. Overflights yesterday found new steaming above a crack extending eastward from the most distant tip of the flow. Lava is not visible in the crack, but scientists are able to infer from the steaming that the lava is moving. This morning, a Civil Defense overflight found that steaming had progressed farther eastward.  In addition, active lava was seen at the surface near where it plunges into this new crack. At mid-day the farthest steaming spot along the crack was 7.4 mi from the vent and 1.6 mi from the east boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve.

Small breakouts also remain active closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts were very vigorous yesterday, though some are creeping into forest and producing smoke plumes, as seen in this picture below from the HVO website.

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