LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, August 25, 6:00 am – Kalapana and Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Kilauea’s ongoing eruption on its east rift zone continues to feed flow 61G, as it pours into the sea at Kamokuna within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The ocean entry zone, now more than 1/2 mile wide, hosts two deltas that continue to increase in size as the robust activity persists. The eastern delta, the larger of the two, has a more significant plume, as the volume of lava entering the ocean appears to be more concentrated than on the other. Additional points of entry are scattered between the two ends. Surface activity near the sea cliffs also continues, as the recently established tube system is not able to accommodate the entire volume of the flow. Breakouts on Pulama Pali and extending onto the coastal plain are more than likely a result of the steep period of inflation the summit of Kilauea experienced over the past few days, but with the recent transition to deflation will probably mean those will be short lived. Lastly, the lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o is still active, but covered by clouds and gases, so no photo of decent quality was taken.

Fingers of lava drip into the sea at Kamokuna, creating a steamy, surreal scene.

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Fingers of lava drip into the sea at Kamokuna, creating a steamy, surreal scene.
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Flow 61G continues to pour into the sea at Kamokuna. Now more than 1/2 mile wide, numerous point of entry were visible, with the largest plume rising from the eastern delta.
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Lava continues to pour into the sea, growing the new delta of land at the base of the sea cliff at Kamokuna.
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A finger of lava cascades into the ocean near the western delta. Note the surface of the molten lava beneath the water immediately turns black.
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Two rivers of lava pour over the 60-70 foot cliff at Kamokuna.

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