Lava Update – Thursday, April 22, 6:30 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, with scattered breakouts occurring out on the flow field and along the northern tree line. Initially covered by gases and low overhanging clouds, Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater opened up just long enough for us to view the lava pond and observe occasional spattering.  The photos below are a sampling of the ongoing volcanic activity…

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

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A minor breakout occurs out on the flow field northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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A vigorous breakout occurs in the middle of the flow field.
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This image gives a great perspective of Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, as it’s not always possible to see everything within, let alone fly over it. In the lower left of the frame sits the collapse pit and lava pond in the southwest quadrant, surrounded by the elevated floor of the crater. Above it is the sunken northern half where recent flows have spilled out onto the floor. And, visible far in the upper left are the rising plumes of smoke from flows entering the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve 2-3 miles away. Numerous fumaroles around the crater discharge toxic gases, and the whitish to brownish areas are surface mineral deposits.
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A finger of pahoehoe flows into the forest along the northern tree line.
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The lava pond was actively spattering during the minute we were able to hover over it.

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