Video: Lava front stalls

Video captured today, January 2, by Tropical Vision and Paradise Helicopters. Most of the activity is in three areas: a mile above the flow front, near the geothermal pad, and about a mile below the Pu`u `O`o Vent.

Since last flight, the entire lava flow front has stalled. The only active area is nearly a mile above the flow front, and is headed in a northerly direction. That lobe is extremely active, burning the forest on the northern edge of the flow. The small lobe to the south, active on Wednesday, stalled out just before it reached the firebreak road. The stalled front remains about four-tenths of a mile from the Malama Market.

Flows were also observed burning the forest near the geothermal pad upslope of the flow front. Several breakouts were recorded breaking out a mile or so below the Pu`u `O`o vent. The skylight in that area has apparently been filled in with lava and could not be located. Most of the activity is in those three areas: a mile above the flow front, near the geothermal pad and about a mile below the Pu`u `O`o Vent.


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