Friday, May 27th, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

The two breakouts on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s north flank, are still active and continue to feed flows on both sides of the old perched pond. The eastern branch has slowed, while the northern is still vigorous and supplying multiple rivers of lava downslope. And in the 30-40 minutes we hovered above the area, changes were taking place. See the sequence of photos below.

BIG MAHALOs to our pilot, Robert Mitchell, Cal Dorn, and Paradise Helicopters for the STELLAR charter service!!!

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The northern breakout now feeds multiple rivers of lava flowing in a northerly direction rather than its initial western path. It’s leading edge creates a field of shelly pahoehoe near the bottom of the frame.
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This initially WAS the apex of the northern branch, but as we hovered above it to get this shot, changes were occurring below us…
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Within a minute, the tube ruptured, and pahoehoe rapidly upwelled in the area, sending a wide swath of lava down the north flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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This wide swath of lava covered the entire area we had just been shooting!
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Paradise Helicopters pilot, Collin, on a photo charter over the fresh breakout!

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