Lava Update: Friday, September 16, 6:00 am – Kalapana and Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Sorry so late!  Here’s the latest update from our observations this past Friday, September 16th.  Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as lava effusing from Pu‘u ‘O‘o feeds robust activity at the ocean entry at Kamokuna. The eastern entry hosts a larger delta and greater volume of lava entering the sea, as a significantly larger plume rising above can be seen in the photos. Meanwhile, the lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o was very active with bubbling a spattering occurring. Although the winds weren’t blowing in the most favorable direction, we were able to sneak in for a few seconds to capture some images, thanks to Colin’s stellar flying skills!  And lastly, the skylight high on the vent’s northeast rim opened up again, so the outflow of lava feeding flow 61G was visible again!

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The raging battle between two of the most dynamic forces on the planet is an amazing thing to witness!!
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The skylight high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank opened up again, and provided a peek at the outflow of lava feeding the Kamokuna ocean entry. The surface of the previously seen river of lava had crusted over, eventually collapsing itself, creating a skylight within a skylight.
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The eastern entry point at Kamokuna hosts a significantly larger delta and much more robust plume because of the volume flowing into the sea.
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A view from high above the robust plume of the eastern Kamokuna ocean entry, with Pu‘u ‘O‘o and Mauna Kea in the upper left of the frame. The rising smoke on the coastal plain and Pulama Pali demarks the path of the main lava tube transporting lava from the vent to the sea.
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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o was quite active, bubbling and spattering as we flew over.

Stay tuned for a very hot LAVA FIX!  🙂


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