An active lava breakout between an abandoned geothermal well and the Kaohe Homesteads has “become the new flow front” and is advancing at a rate of several hundred yards a day, officials said.
The flow was within 2.3 miles of Apaa Road and 2.9 miles of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection, Big Island Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said Monday.
It moved about 400 yards since Sunday and a little more than a mile since last week, but does not pose an immediate threat to residents, Civil Defense officials said after a Monday morning overflight.
The old front near Pahoa Village Road remained cold and inactive and Pahoa Village Road, the main road through Pahoa, remained open Monday.
Officials reopened the road on Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend, although they cautioned drivers to use caution in the area and to respect private property and the residents in the area affected by the lava flow.
Smoke conditions in the area were light MOnday morning, with winds blowing the smoke from burning vegetation in a southeast direction.
In another apparently unrelated development, Civil Defense officials said the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant reported a steam release from its plant reinjection system at about 7:30 a.m. Monday.
The release lasted about a minute and no hydrogen sulfide was noted, officials said.
Emergency crews were on scene investigating Monday morning.