Lava Update – Thursday, April 28, 6:30 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Although thick cloud cover was present over the vent and flow field, we were able to sneak in under it and observe some incredible action yesterday morning. A spatter cone on the floor of Pu‘u ‘O‘o gushed molten lava for a minute as we approached the crater from the east, and as quickly as it appeared, the surging effusion stopped!  The dynamicity of volcanic activity is amazing.  The lava pond was also quite active with bubbling occurring, along with its ever changing surface. Quite a few little breakouts were observed on the flow field, and several spots along the northern tree line continue to slowly creep into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, with the distal tip still being approximately 3 miles from the vent.

MAHALO NUI LOA to our pilot, Ryan Moeller, Cal Dorn, and Paradise Helicopters for the STELLAR charter service!!! Absolutely the BEST in the biz!!!

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A “warm” smiley face greeting at the vent!
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A surging spatter cone spilled lava onto the crater’s floor for a minute, and as quickly as it appeared, it stopped! Mindblowingly (lol, not sure if that’s a word, but it fits!) dynamic.
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A secondary breakout on the flow field consumes trees toppled by the flow’s first pass through the area.
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Lava continues to push into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve.

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