PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The following Civil Defense message was released Tuesday --
According to USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory who flew over the June 27 Pu'u O'o crater flow Monday afternoon, it appears the lava flow has advanced about half a mile in the last two days -- tracking forward about 830 meters since their last flyover.
On average over the last two weeks, it has only moved about 250 meters every two days, so they say this is a marked increase in speed and they think it may be because a breakout of the flow has consistently stayed on the surface for a few days now -- allowing them to gather reliable visual data versus the uncertainty of knowing what's happening when it's in an underground crack.
The lava flow is continuing along the N/NE shift in direction that first started around Friday. Therefore, it is no longer heading directly toward Ka'ohe Homesteads subdivision, but rather parallel to the Wao Kele Puna Forest Reserve boundary. USGS geologists onboard say they did not spot any burns outside the immediate edge of the lava flow. Their next flyover is scheduled for Wednesday.
Another community meeting with updates from Hawai'i County and USGS officials is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, September 9) at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.