Video: Lava activity remains safe distance from Pahoa

The overflight of the Pahoa area by Paradise Helicopters and Mick Kalber on Monday shows vigorous activity to the north

Paradise Helicopters and Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions Videos have teamed up to provide another update on the lava activity of the June 27th Flow. According to Kalber, the new distal tip of the current lava flow above the police/fire stations not moving. One small surface flow within the flow field was observed, but no action was seen at the margins, and the surface flow has apparently moved very little since Sunday. The northern lobe, which had recently ignited brush fires near Ainaloa is still active, but very sluggish, and not moving at all at the tip. However, there are scattered breakouts upslope, notably near the area where the north lobe broke away from the main stalled flow. Surface activity near there was vigorous to say the least– the largest, fastest moving flow the duo has seen in about a month or more, burning the brush to the north. Other smaller activity along the margins of the north flow was noted here and there, but the north lobe has apparently not advanced since Sunday either. Both the geothermal pad upslope of the flow front and the Pu`u `O`o vent area were unreachable. Trade winds have returned, however, as the plume of Pu`u `O`o was blowing strongly to the west yesterday morning.


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