Low cloud cover almost scratched our flight but Ryan Moeller’s skillful flying got us to our destination, so we’re able to continue our documentation of volcanic activity on Kilauea’s east rift zone! Robust breakouts were observed along the northern tree line, as the flow continues its slow advancement into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. The distal tip is approximately 4 to 4 1/4 miles northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and about 1 to 1 1/4 miles from the back of Eden Rock Estates. The contour of the land will likely keep the flow running parallel to occupied areas and is not a threat.
Numerous breakouts were visible on the flow field, as the leaky tube system continues to feed the overplating process. Activity east of the perched channel was stagnating, as only a little breakout was noticed there. Clouds obscured Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s crater, so we were not able to get a peek at the lava pond, nor the upper skylight.