Video: Flow tip remains stalled, some activity elsewhere

Yesterday’s overflight with Paradise Helicopters and Tropical Vision Video shows weakened activity at the flow front.

Mick Kalber: The distal tip of the current lava flow near Malama Market is still stalled. However, there is surface activity several hundred yards above the flow front, including some burning the forest nearby to the north. The activity about a mile above the stagnant flow front on the northern edge is still active, but moved only 75 yards since yesterday. As we reported last Monday, that lobe is headed in a northerly direction. It has now crossed a firebreak road running perpendicular to Highway 130. We estimate that lobe to be about a mile and a half from the highway. We suspect this flow may proceed down a different line of descent to the Ainaloa side of the Pahoa Marketplace. If so, it would most likely not flow through Ainaloa, but would pass between the subdivision and the Marketplace. However, it has now slowed considerably. Lava breakouts continue to be observed burning the forest on both sides of the flow margins near the geothermal pad upslope of the flow front. The plume from the Pu`u `O`o vent was flat and blowing strongly to the south. No lava activity was seen anywhere near the vent.

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