Paradise Helicopters and Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions overflight on Thursday, April 9, 2015
Good news for Pahoa! Lava still flows up to five miles east-northeast of the Pu’u ‘O’o vent, however, according to the USGS all breakouts are within 4 miles of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and a small lava flow is active within the crater. Kīlauea volcano continued to host an active lava lake at its summit. There is no lava activity whatsoever in the bottom eight miles of the flow from the start of the crack system to the distal tip at Pahoa. Paradise’s community awareness flight did not fly over the lower portion of the area today but observed all surface lava confined to the five miles directly below the vent. There was no surface lava on the north flank of the vent on Thursday and only steam and smoke were visible. Pu’u ‘O’o was obscured by clouds this morning, so we were unable to investigate the lava lake within.
Lava continued to flow in pahoehoe toes and larger outbreaks at numerous places downslope from the vent, mostly burning several forest kipukas. This is the area of most vigorous surface lava, however another sizable outbreak sent pahoehoe into an old a’a field where trees were just beginning to grow, about a mile and a half below the vent. The flow in the forest to the north appeared inactive today.
The air over East Hawaii this morning was greatly improved, as the recent rains have helped cleared things up.