Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as a number of larger breakouts were observed on the flow field, probably in response to the recent inflation at the summit. Lava intrusion into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve is minimal, and most breakouts were away from the vicinity of the tree line. And, in place of the skylight high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s north flank, now sits a new hornito!

Mahalo nui loa to our pilot, Ryan Moeller, Calvin Dorn, and Paradise Helicopters for the EXCELLENT charter service!!!  : )

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A spatter cone within Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s crater is split down the middle by expansion and movement of the floor.
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A tube on the flow field ruptures, releasing a flow of pahoehoe.
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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o remains active, and although we were able to get a peek of it, the wind direction and erratic movement of the gas plume made it tough to get a clear shot.A new hornito has formed on the edge of the skylight high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s north flank.
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A new hornito has formed on the edge of the skylight high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s north flank.
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A tube ruptures from two spots, releasing pahoehoe.

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