Lava update, Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7 am Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, April 14, 7:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

After unfavorable weather postponed last week’s flight, we were finally able to resume our documentation of the eruption yesterday. Activity on Kilauea’s east rift zone continues with a couple branches advancing into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, while a few small breakouts were visible out on the flow field to the northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Distal tip of the activity is approximately 3 – 3 1/2 miles downslope of the vent, but very minimal. Most obvious was the rising steam from the substantial rainfall in the area, as can be seen in the photos below.

MAHALO NUI LOA to our pilot, Ryan Moeller, Calvin Dorn and Paradise Helicopters for the ALWAYS EXCELLENT charter service!!!  : )

The distal tip can be seen here as the bluish smoke rising from the edge of the forest on the far right of the frame. Estimated distance from Pu‘u ‘O‘o is approximately 3 – 3 1/2 miles, and activity is very sluggish.
A more significant forest intrusion is roughly 1 1/2 to 2 miles to the northeast of the vent, as this mass of pahoehoe spreads.
A finger of pahoehoe enters the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve.
Steam rises from the perched pond area, as clouds and gases obscure Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s summit.
My Merrells over the steamy flow field! 🙂

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