Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00 pm – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Two significant breakouts occurred yesterday morning on the north flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, in the vicinity of the perched pond, creating 1/2 mile long rivers of lava.  One branch is flowing west toward the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve, while the other is headed east, possibly toward the pali.  This activity is draining the lava pond and probably the reservoir within Pu‘u ‘O‘o, as tilt levels dropped nearly 12 micro radians in the past 24 hours.  Here are some photos of this incredible activity…

View of the eastern branch, from its leading edge, looking west toward its source. Initially exiting Pu‘u ‘O‘o as pahoehoe, it has formed a channelized ‘a‘a flow, and is about 1/2 mile long.
A view of the eastern branch, looking east.
This huge, 1/2 mile long, river of lava is flowing west toward the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve.
An elevated overall view of the western branch.
The western branch again, 12 minutes later. Incredibly dynamic activity!

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