LAVA UPDATE: Thursday, July 21, 6:00 am – Pulama Pali and Kalapana overflight

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as lava from Pu‘u ‘O‘o feeds flow 61g and it continues to creep toward the seacoast. A breakout roughly midway down on Pulama Pali, extended to its base, while another large breakout roughly 1/4 of a mile onto the coastal plain continues the overplating process. A collapse of a tube’s roof at the base of the pali has created a very large skylight, roughly 30 feet in diameter and about 30-40 feet deep, while the leading edge of 61g remains roughly 4/10 of a mile from the emergency evacuation road, and 1/2 mile from the ocean. Check out the photos below…

A breakout roughly midway of Pulama Pali, fed a flow that reached the base of the steep hillside, where it transitioned to ‘a‘a.
A tube’s roof collapse created a very large skylight, and a river of lava contributing to flow 61g was visible within.
A large breakout just beyond the base of Pulama Pali, and numerous breakouts in the vicinity, indicates the absence of a tube system to transport the entire volume of lava to flow’s leading edge.
The collapse of a lava tube’s roof, creating an enormous skylight roughly 30 feet in diameter and 30-40 feet deep, illustrates one of the hazards of volcanic activity. This is a view looking northeast, and the direction of lava movement is from left to right.
A view looking west, showing the river of lava flowing in the direction from the the top of the frame toward the bottom.

Stay tuned for the video update by Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions!!

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