Lava Flow Continues to Advance Through Forest

The June 27 flow remains active, and has advanced further into the forest over the past week.

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The flow front today was 8.5 km (5.3 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō (see “map” link above for current flow field map). The flow’s continued brisk advance rate is likely related, in part, to its continued confinement by local topography.

Another view of the flow front, looking east. The small bump on the horizon, near the center of the photograph, is the forested cone of Heiheiahulu. (Click to Enlarge)

Another view of the flow front, looking east. The small bump on the horizon, near the center of the photograph, is the forested cone of Heiheiahulu. (Click to Enlarge)

Yesterday, the narrow flow front was within one of the many linear depressions (grabens) on the East Rift Zone. Puʻu ʻŌʻō can be seen in the distance.

Portions of the June 27 lava flow continue to expand and cover older flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō. (Click to Enlarge)

Portions of the June 27 lava flow continue to expand and cover older flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō. (Click to Enlarge)

Thick fume continues to obscure views into Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater with the naked eye.

The thermal camera has proven useful recently to see the hidden activity, which includes several small lava ponds (see thermal image from the July 29 overflight, below). Click to Enlarge

The thermal camera has proven useful recently to see the hidden activity, which includes several small lava ponds (see thermal image from the July 29 overflight, below). Click to Enlarge

A skylight reveals the fluid lava stream within the main tube on the June 27 lava flow.

The recently active perched lava pond is in the upper left portion of the photograph. (Click to Enlarge)

The recently active perched lava pond is in the upper left portion of the photograph. (Click to Enlarge)

A closer look into the skylight on the June 27 lava flow, revealing complex structure within the lava tube.

The bright incandescent area is the fluid lava stream, which was slowly but steadily flowing through the tube. (Click to enlarge)

The bright incandescent area is the fluid lava stream, which was slowly but steadily flowing through the tube. (Click to enlarge)

 

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