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HVO: Lava still flowing but little progress seen

May 26, 2016 - 8:43am

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says two new lava flows on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o cone have made little progress since they erupted Tuesday morning.

Both sent rivers of molten rock down the sides of the cone but neither have increased the threat levels to nearby communities.

The new flows occurred at the site of the “June 27” flow’s vent on the northeast flank and another near the site of the 2011 “Peace Day” flow on the east side of the cone.

The flow on the northeast side had reached 0.6 miles — the same distance as Tuesday morning — and is heading northwest.

The other flow was about 0.4 miles from its source, heading southeast.

Both remain active.

The June 27 flow, which threatened Pahoa in 2014, remained active with small breakouts scattered northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o.

The most distant breakouts were 3.6 miles away.

The lava lake at the volcano’s summit had dropped to about 100 feet below Halemaumau crater as of Wednesday morning.

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