Lava Update: Thursday, September 8, 6:00 am – Kalapana and Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

After a week off because of Hurricanes Madeline and Lester, our documentation of Kilauea’s activity along the east rift zone resumes! Flow 61G continues to enter the sea at Kamokuna within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The 1/2 mile wide ocean entry’s two deltas continue to grow, even after a partial collapse of the western delta claimed a significant portion of it. Visible cracks in both indicate how unstable they are and the potential for more to occur. Meanwhile, a large breakout at the base of Pulama Pali occurred late Tuesday, and has advanced approximately a mile along the eastern edge of 61G, while the breakout that occurred near Pu‘u ‘O‘o seems to have stalled. The lava pond within its crater was very active, sloshing and spattering as we completed our overflight observations.

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Sunrise at the Kamokuna ocean entry. 🙂
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A view of the Kamokuna ocean entry, looking down the Ka‘u coastline. Approximately 3/4 of a mile of the emergency bypass road has been covered by flow 61G.
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A significant breakout at the base of Pulama Pali has advanced approximately a mile to the east.
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Multiple fingers of lava enter the sea along the edge of the eastern delta at Kamokuna.
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Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond was quite active, bubbling and spattering as we flew over.

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