Thursday, Lava Update: June 16th, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as the makai breakout that occurred on May 24 continues its steady downhill advance toward Pulama Pali. USGS has creatively dubbed this flow as 61g.  😉 (the May 24th breakouts were the start of the 61st phase of the eruption) The leading edge is now close to 3 miles from the vent and getting closer to steeper grade. Breakouts are still quite sporadic, as a well defined tube system has still not been established. Numerous skylights were visible in the upper half of the flow due to unstable portions of tubes’ roofs collapsing.  Here are a few images from the overflight…

The leading edge of the flow, 61g, is approximately 3 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and about a mile upslope of Pulama Pali. This is the view looking east above the distal tip.
View of the leading edge looking southeast. The flow is moving adjacent to the Peace Day flow of 2012, and is covering a much older field of ‘a‘a.
Looking down at the leading edge of flow 61g.
Feet!!! 🙂 Mick shoots the river of lava visible within one of the skylights on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s eastern flank. Stayed tuned for his video update!!
The flow advances through an area of sparse growth that has taken root. Volcanic activity is destructive, yet creative.

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