Lava Update – Thursday, May 5, 6:30 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Volcanic activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, and although a bit subdued, a few breakouts on the flow field were visible. The lava pond continues to bubble at its edges, and there was evidence of a recent lava flow on Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater’s floor. A couple isolated fingers of lava along the northern tree line continue to creep into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, but at a lower level than weeks previous. One little breakout near the middle trees area is now the distal tip, roughly 3 1/2 miles from the vent.

MAHALO NUI LOA to our pilot, Ryan Moeller, Calvin Dorn, and Paradise Helicopters for the EXCELLENT lava charter service!!! They put us into position to get the shots we do! Best in the business!!!

Looking southwest at Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, with Halemaumau’s bright plume far in the background.
A lone breakout in the middle of the flow field.
A tree’s ashes mark the spot where it lay after being toppled by the flow.
A breakout occurs near the middle trees, consuming the toppled trees from the flow’s initial pass through the area.
A breakout of pahoehoe creates ropey braids as it cools.

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