Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scientists watching new lava flow over Puu Oo Crater, Hawaii - 21st Sept 2011

A new lava flow is advancing down the east slope of Puu Oo crater and may pose a threat to the Royal Gardens subdivision if it continues, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Lava began overflowing the west rim of Puu Oo crater early Tuesday feeding a new lava flow moving downslope on the crater's west side.

Two lava lakes are active in Puu Oo, one on the west and the other on the east side of the crater.

Activity on Tuesday was on the west side of the crater from about 2 a.m. Tuesday until 2:25 a.m. today when lava broke through the east rim.

The new fissure fed a lava flow that advanced rapidly downslope to the east.

If the flow continues to advance, it will likely head southeast toward Royal Gardens and could reach the what's left of the subdivision in the next few days, scientists said.

Royal Gardens has been overrun by lava several times and has no paved road access. A handful of people still live there, although much of the area is abandoned. Read More