On July 21st a new volcano eruption point emerged east of the famous Pu’u O’o crater. Lava has been pooling in the new area. Due to emerging dangers with the latest eruption point, the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources has authorized and ordered a total shutdown of the entire Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve this morning. The purpose of the shutdown is “to protect the public and lives of those that would be put at risk to rescue lost or injured parties” per the official press release.
The Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve is adjacent to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is normally open to the public and contains hiking trails taking you through Native Hawaiian forest to views of Pu’u O’o.
I captured the following photo of the latest eruption point from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory web camera at approximately 4:30 Hawaii time this morning. To see a live photo of the new lava activity click here.