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Active lava flow front showing little sign of advancement

July 20, 2016 - 9:52am

The “61g” lava flow remains active on the coastal plain of Kilauea Volcano, however, it’s showing little sign of forward progress, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Wednesday.

The flow, which extends southeast of Puu Oo toward the ocean, poses no threat to nearby communities, scientists said Wednesday. As of early Tuesday evening, its tip was stalled about 0.5 mile from the ocean and 0.4 mile from the coastal emergency road. Scattered breakouts of pahoehoe lava were visible just a few hundred yards upslope of the stalled tip.

Scientists reported Tuesday that the lava flow has not covered only a few short sections of road in Royal Gardens subdivision. An aerial photo released Tuesday shows just 220 yards of Orchid Street still exposed.

At Puu Oo, webcam images continue to show persistent glow at long-term sources within the crater. There were no significant changes in seismicity or tilt over the past 24 hours.

The lava lake at Halemaumau Crater continues to circulate and intermittently spatter. Seismicity and deformation rates throughout the volcano remain at background levels. On Wednesday, the lake was about 82 feet below the crater rim.

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