A new break out north of Pu’u O’o Vent in Volcanoes National Park yesterday consists of surface flows that may mean relief for Pahoa.
Paradise Helicopters’ Pilot Pete Stachowicz reported that at about noon on Monday, February 24, lava broke out of the flank of Pu’u ‘O’o to the north-northeast of the vent. It continued through the day and by sunset had traveled about a quarter mile on the west side of the perched pond next to Pu’u ‘O’o. Tropical Visions and Paradise Helicopters flew the eruption shortly before 6pm and shot until nearly 6:30pm.
Dozens of pahoehoe flows have broken out throughout the quarter mile long flow front. It was also perhaps an eighth of a mile wide when this video was taken. Whether this is the start of a new eruption or only a lobe of the current June 27 flow threatening Pahoa has yet to be determined by the USGS. But certainly the volume of this new flow would seem to indicate that a great deal of the material that has been making its way toward Pahoa will now be interrupted, at least temporarily if not longer.
Tropical Visions and Paradise Helicopters will continue to keep you informed of any new developments in and around Kilauea’s eruption site.