UPDATE: Lower Puna Eruption Activity Continues

Updated at 1 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor highly active vents and lava flows in the lower Puna area.

Officials say fissure 20 is feeding one flow entering the ocean, while other fissures are supplying additional flows.

Sulfur dioxide emissions remain high, causing elevated levels in areas downwind of the vents.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that fissures near Puna Geothermal Venture are active and producing lava slowly flowing onto the property.  This activity has destroyed the former Hawaii Geothermal Project site area adjacent to PGV.

At this time this situation is being closely monitored.  There is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV.

Due to high sulfur dioxide emissions, all media escorts near the fissures are postponed until further notice for safety.

Due to the laze hazard at the lava ocean entry the public is advised to stay out of the plume and precautions to protect yourself from ash fallout and hazardous gases.

Residents in the affected area should be prepared to leave the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time.

Original story published at 8:21 a.m.

Hawai`i County Civil Defenses reports that fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight.

As of the County’s 6 a.m. update, the flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to the Puna Geothermal Venture property.

Officials say there is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV.

Highway 137 remains closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road and Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic.

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High & Intermediate School cafeteria on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Photo: Image from May 21. The lava channel pictured originates from fissure 22. This photo was taken during a late afternoon overflight of the lower East Rift Zone, Kīlauea Volcano. USGS photo.