Lava Update: Thursday, August 18, 6:00 am – Kalapana and Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as lava from flow 61G continues to pour into the sea at Kamokuna. The area between the eastern and western lobes has filled in with surface breakouts, and has been adding to the width of the ocean entry. Just few little sections of the emergency access gravel road remain uncovered within the breadth of the flow. Both deltas continue to grow in size, while the section in between is beginning to build out as well. Numerous little breakouts in the area just inland of the sea cliffs were visible, probably an indication of the inability of the existing tube system to accommodate the entire volume of lava flowing downslope. At Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, the lava pond continues to bubble, while the large skylight high on the northeast rim has just a few glowing spots deep within. Appears that the rivers of lava have crusted over and is no longer visible on the surface.

The width of the Komokuna ocean entry point has grown to include the section between the eastern and western deltas. The full moon sets above the Ka‘u coast in the background.
The eastern delta continues to grow as multiple fingers of lava enter the sea.
The western end of the ocean entry was quite active, with multiple rivers of lava falling over the cliff, adding to the new delta at its base.
A peek into the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, reveals the still active bubbling lava pond.
A cascading river of lava near the western edge of the Kamokuna ocean entry adds to the delta forming at the base of the sea cliff.

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