Lava Update: Thursday, June 9, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, with a potentially significant change occurring, as it appears the June 27th flow may have stalled.  No active outbreaks were observed on the northeast flow field and all was quiet along the northern tree line, so the phase of the eruption that once threatened Pahoa, may have finally come to an end… but only time will definitively tell.  The makai May 24th breakout, on the other hand, continues to flow to the southeast, with its distal tip approximately two miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o.  And while no well defined tube system has yet been established, the lava seems to be following the southern edge of the 2012 Peace Day flow, and headed in the general direction of the sea, rather than inhabited areas as it had been for the past two years.

A few outbreaks occurring about midway of the flow, roughly a mile from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, with sunrise occurring in the background.
A robust finger about 1/4 mile upstream of the leading edge of the May 24th breakout.
The makai branch of the breakouts that occurred on May 24th is still very active, with its distal tip now approximately two miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Not the leading edge, this lobe was quite vigorous with an apex at least 20 feet wide.
Nothing beats the sweet morning light kissing the surface of a fresh lava flow!

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