LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, August 4, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o – Kalapana overflight

Pu‘u ‘O‘o, a vent on Kilauea’s east rift zone, continues to effuse lava, as flow 61G steadily pours into the sea within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Although the overall volume seems to be lower than last week, probably due to the deflationary cycle that the summit of Kilauea has been in, there still remains quite a bit of activity on the coastal plain and at the ocean’s edge. Several inland surface breakouts were observed, while the new delta continues to grow, protruding approximately 40-50 yards beyond the base of the sea cliff. The sklight high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank still provided a view of the river of lava feeding 61G.

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Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond remains active, as its surface continued to slosh and bubble.
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The skylight on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast rim still exists, allowing a peek into the vent’s fiery depths.
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A view looking west at the 61G’s ocean entry. Rising gases demark the path of the lava from Pu‘u ‘O‘o (the little bump on the horizon), and down Pulama Pali, while the delta of new land continues to increase in size, and now extending approximately 40-50 yards from the base of the sea cliff.
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The stretch of lava covering the emergency access road continues to widen, as surface breakouts occur on the coastal plain.
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A closer look at the skylight on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast rim reveals the fierce river of lava feeding flow 61G.

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