Small breakout along south margin of lava flow being monitored (3/7)

Photo from March 6, 2015 - view from the north flow margin, looking down slope towards Highway 130 and Pahoa Marketplace. (Courtesy Hawaii County Civil Defense)
Photo from March 6, 2015 - view from the north flow margin, looking down slope towards Highway 130 and Pahoa Marketplace. (Courtesy Hawaii County Civil Defense)

This is an eruption and lava flow information update from the County of Hawaii for Satuday, March 7th, at 7:45 a.m.:

Surface activity and activity along both margins extending from the west or just above the flow fronts to the summit area continues with numerous small breakouts. The surface breakouts along the length of the flow pad continues to provide an indication that the tube system is being supplied and lava from the source is making its way to the down slope areas.

A small breakout along the south margin of the flow approximately 800 yards to the west or upslope of the stalled front was showing some signs of advancement and will be monitored closely.

All current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are maintaining close observations of the flow and residents and businesses down slope will be informed of any changes in flow activity and advancement.

Smoke conditions were light with a light northwest wind blowing the smoke in a southeast direction. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.


Satellite image of area around front of Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow

This satellite image was captured on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds. The yellow outline is the flow margin as mapped on Friday, February 27. The image above shows a close-up of the June 27th lava flow in the area of Kaohe Homesteads and Pāhoa. Although the leading tip of the flow has been stalled for weeks, active breakouts have persisted a short distance upslope of this stalled tip. These breakouts are largely flowing over existing portions of the June 27th flow and have not expanded the flow margins a significant amount. Update on Friday, March 6: An overflight on the morning of Friday, March 6, showed no major changes in the June 27th flow margin compared to this March 3 map. (Courtesy USGS)
This satellite image was captured on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds. The yellow outline is the flow margin as mapped on Friday, February 27.
The image above shows a close-up of the June 27th lava flow in the area of Kaohe Homesteads and Pāhoa. Although the leading tip of the flow has been stalled for weeks, active breakouts have persisted a short distance upslope of this stalled tip. These breakouts are largely flowing over existing portions of the June 27th flow and have not expanded the flow margins a significant amount.
Update on Friday, March 6: An overflight on the morning of Friday, March 6, showed no major changes in the June 27th flow margin compared to this March 3 map. (Courtesy USGS)

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