Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported today that this morning’s helicopter overflight confirmed a significant reduction in lava output from fissure No. 8.
HVO field geologists observed low levels of fountaining with the fissure 8 spatter cone and largely crusted lava in the spillway and channel system downstream. There were a few sluggish seeps and ooze-outs near Halekamahina and Kapoho Crater. Lava continues to ooze into the ocean along a broad flow front and laterally toward Pohoiki but is still about 230 feet southeast of the boat ramp.
According to HVO, the hazards associated with the eruption that began May 3 remain; there is still active lava in the channel going into the ocean. There was also a significant increase in gas emissions from Pu’u ‘O’o on Friday.
“It could be weeks or months before we feel comfortable calling the eruption and the summit collapse over,” said Tina Neal, the scientist-in-charge at HVO.
She noted that it is typical for eruptions to wax and wane. A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures could occur at any time.
HVO field crews and the drone team will monitor activity throughout the day.
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