Puna News: Lava Front Advances 55 Yards

From Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s Oct. 17 report:

The June 27th lava flow remains active. This morning’s overflight determined that the flow front advanced only about 50 m (55 yd) since October 15. Small breakouts are scattered across the surface and along the edges of the flow as far as about 2 km (1.2 miles) upslope of the front. The breakouts are widening the overall flow; flow width is 600 m (655 yd) about 1.3 km (0.8 mi) upslope. The flow front is still about 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from Apa?a St/Cemetery Rd, as measured along the steepest-descent line that the flow has been following.

A few breakouts are also active roughly mid-way along the length of the flow, just upslope from the area where lava enters and travels within ground cracks. One such breakout advanced eastward 215 m (235 yd) in the past 2 days to form a narrow flow about 35 m (38 yd) wide parallel to the crack system. Breakouts have persisted in this area for several weeks, but the number of breakouts and overall level of activity has fallen over the past week.

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