Lava update, Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7 am Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Winds were stiff (and chilly!) at the vent, and made for some difficult flying, but we were able to document the eruptive activity, which continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as flows continue to push into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. The distal tip is roughly 3 1/2 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and several vigorous breakouts in the forested area created flareups and heavy smokey conditions. The easternmost branch continued to be active as well, with a few small breakouts just beyond the perched channel.

The freshly cooled flows within Pu‘u ‘O‘o can be seen in this image, as well as the collapse pit with the lava pond to the left of it.
Flows continue to advance into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, as the sun rises in the east.
A vigorous breakout burns toppled trees.
A large breakout along the leading edge of the flow consumes the forest understory, while surrounding the trunks of ohia.
Thick smoke fills the air as lava advances into the forest reserve.

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