LAVA UPDATE: Thursday, July 7, 6:00 am – Pulama Pali overflight

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as flow 61g continues its steady progression toward the sea. Heavy overcast skies prevented us from flying over Pu‘u ‘O‘o, but skies were clearer downslope where most of the activity has been occurring. The leading edge of the flow is roughly 3/4 of a mile from the coast within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and while it has covered quite a distance in the past couple of days, the flow field seems to have widened out a bit. Little nosebleeds were numerous throughout the flow field, with only one significant breakout on the coastal plain during our overflight. A vigorous breakout flowed down Pulama Pali, and a few lobes of activity and skylights were present within a 1 1/2 miles in the flow field above the pali.

Flow 61g continues to progress toward the sea, while activity continues on Pulama Pali and above. Heavy cloud cover precluded us from venturing up to Pu‘u ‘O‘o and the upper flow fields.
The leading edge of flow 61g is approximately 3/4 of a mile from the coastal sea cliff within the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Numerous breakouts were visible throughout the flow field on the coastal plain and on the pali.
This breakout was the largest in the flow field during our overflight.
Molten pahoehoe creates a multitude of textures as its surface cools.

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