This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Tuesday May 24 at 5:15 p.m.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that two new breakouts at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō occurred just before 7:00 a.m. HST today. The larger of the two outbreaks is moving in a northwesterly direction in the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve. The smaller breakout is moving to the southeast. Neither of the two new breakouts have extended beyond the existing Pu’u ‘Ō‘ō flow fields. The current activity does not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities, however, a glow may be seen at night.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense are monitoring the lava flow breakout closely. Residents and businesses downslope will be kept informed of its progress and any changes. At this time, smoke conditions are very light with light variable winds.
Additional updates will be broadcast as conditions change. Find more information at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov.