Lava update, Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7 am Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

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.  

The distal tip is approximately 4 to 4 1/4 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and was pretty active with several robust breakouts.
Several hot spots had large breakouts consuming fallen trees and kipukas.
Nastassia Hill joined us on the flight, and had a blast shooting videos and stills of the activity.
Bruddah Mick Kalber doing what he does best! Great to be flying with him again!! 🙂
This flow’s first pass through the area surrounded and toppled ohia trees.
Nastassia getting more images of the fiery action!
This breakout had a blueish hue to its cooled surface… Ryan said it was the color of oatmeal. lol. I think he was hungry again. 😉
A breakout of pahoehoe moves through the understory of the ohia forest about the mile from the vent.

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