Lava Update: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as the week old makai breakout on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank continues to discharge lava. No efficient tube system has been established yet, so direction continues to be somewhat erratic, but generally eastward, following the slope of the area. The mauka breakout also continues to be active, but with sporadic breakouts on the flank and on the flow field bordering the adjacent forest. Appears that most of the volume may be entering existing tubes feeding the area the northeast prior to these breakouts occurring.

MAHALO NUI LOA to pilot Ryan Moeller, Calvin Dorn, and Paradise Helicopters for the EXCELLENT charter service!

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Crepuscular rays and the rising sun create the perfect backdrop for a raging field of lava.
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A raging river of lava flows eastward, creating a field of shelly pahoehoe at its base. This incredible scene greeted us at sunrise!
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A river of pahoehoe from the makai breakout feeds a wide flow front just east of Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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A narrowing breakout’s surface cools with a wrinkled fabric like texture.

 


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