Lava update, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 am Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Volcanic activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Light southwest winds created quite voggy conditions flying out of Hilo, but made Pu‘u ‘O‘o very accessible, as we were able to fly over the crater and observe cool spattering from a cone on the crater’s floor and within the lava pond. Flows continue to push into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, with its distal tip between 4 to 4 1/2 miles northeast of the vent. Overplating persists on the flow field, while the eastern most branch flowing around the perched channel has stagnated.

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The bubbling lava pond was quite active, with the plume rising high in the sky from Halemaumau was visible in the background along with Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Such an incredible scene!!
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Southwest winds were blowing the gases from Pu‘u ‘O‘o toward the northeast, creating very voggy conditions in Hilo. Halemaumau’s plume is visible in the background.
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A large breakout continues the overplating process on the flow field.
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Flows continue to push into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. Its distal tip is roughly 4 – 4 1/2 miles from the vent and moving toward the northeast.
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Large ohia trees are toppled by the flow along the northern tree line.

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