LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, August 11, 6:00 am – Kalapana overflight

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as flow 61G continues to enter the sea near Kamokuna in several locations. While the first lobes to cascade over the sea cliffs are now flowing through tubes, additional lobes have reached the coast and are entering the sea as well. The eastern delta is slowly growing, while a new one has formed approximately 1/4 mile to the west. Several surface breakouts in the vicinity could potentially mean there’s more to follow. Meanwhile, several breakouts were also visible near Pulama Pali, likely due to the Kilauea’s inflation resulting in increased volume.  Here are a few images from the overflight…

 

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A view of the new western delta at Kamokuna. Note the three road crossings near the top of the frame.
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A view looking down the Kalapana coast, with the growing eastern delta in the foreground. A little plume of steam in the distance is from lava entering the sea at the western delta.
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A view of the eastern delta. Continued activity here is adding to its size.
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Multiple fingers of lava cascades over the sea cliff at Kamokuna.
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Multiple fingers enter the sea, creating a steaming inferno.

Stay tuned for our weekend LAVA FIX and VIDEO UPDATE!


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