Lava Update: Sunday, May 29th, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

This morning, we were greeted by an overflowing perched pond on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank. A couple long rivers of lava streamed down its embankment, while an increasing accumulation of lava within the pond began breaking its crust, eventually adding to the overflow volume. The apex of the northern breakout must have continued to retreat further from what we observed on Friday, leading it to empty into the perched pond’s cavity, filling it to the point it began overflowing. The makai flow also remains active with a number of breakouts visible in its new flow field, but because no tube system has been established yet, its direction is continues to shift from day to day.

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Looking southeast… Several large fingers of lava streamed down the embankments of the perched pond as it overflowed.
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The view of the overflowing perched pond, facing east.
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A very wide river of lava passes through a channel as the perched pond overflows.
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Molten lava cascades over weathered oxidized lava of the wall of the perched pond.

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