Lava Update – Thursday, May 12, 6:30 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as lava continues to effuse from Pu‘u ‘O‘o. The distal tips of the flow are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 miles from the vent, both on the flow field to the northeast and along the northern tree line. Small breakouts are scattered throughout the area, and intrusion into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve is at a lower level as opposed to weeks previous.

MAHALO NUI LOA to pilot, Ryan Moeller, Calvin Dorn and Paradise Helicopters for the STELLAR charter service!!! NO ONE does it better than they do!!!

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Eruptive activity continues on the flow field northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and along the northern tree line. Here, a breakout consumes toppled trees about two miles from the vent.
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A small breakout produces ropey pahoehoe.
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Pahoehoe creates a ropey textured surface, while the glow of molten lava beneath peeks through.
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A thick plume of bluish smoke suddenly appeared as we made our passes over the flow field, and upon closer inspection, a new hornito had formed on top of a large crack above a lava tube. Molten lava was visible within, leading us to believe that this was a very recent creation. Two lone ohia trees stand in vast, barren lava field in the background.
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A good sized breakout occurred as we were flying over the flow field.

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