New lava flows from Puu Oo


HILO — A new lava flow is creeping down the north side of Puu Oo.

The slow-moving flow, the only activity on the mauka side of the volcano, has reached a length of 0.9 miles since starting Jan. 20.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has placed a webcam on the north flank to monitor the flow.

It is not posing a threat to any property, said Jim Kauahikaua, the lead scientist at HVO.

The flow is being fed by the lava lake at Puu Oo, which is overflowing on the northeast side.

Kauahikaua said there has been one other flow on the north side in the last 10 years.

“It’s basically going over older flows in this 30-year eruption,” he said.

Puu Oo had a larger lava lake the last time a flow went in that direction, Kauahikaua said.

Lava flows continue on the southeast, or makai, side of the volcano.

A 0.6-mile wide flow remained active on the coastal plain Thursday, with ocean entries at several locations.

The eruption has continued with few interruptions since 1983.