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

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as Pu‘u ‘O‘o continues to effuse lava, feeding flow 61G’s ocean entry at Kamokuna within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Winds blowing the gas plume over the vent prevented us from having a clear view of the lava pond, but the glow from its cracked surface was evident. Approximately a mile and a half downslope, a large skylight allowed a peek at the river of lava in the main lava tube of 61G, while another on the coastal plain, glowed from the heat within. Activity at the western end of the ocean entry seems to have subsided, while the eastern delta was very active with lava entering the sea over a couple wide sections of its edge. Steam rising from chunks of porous rubble made it tough to capture clear shots of the lava, but created an amazing scene of floating steaming rocks. The delta is significantly smaller than 3 weeks ago, as HVNP ranger Arnold Nakata mentioned, a recent collapse had taken some of its mass… more than likely occurring at those stress fractures Tom Kualii documented on his flight last week.

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Multiple fingers of lava pour into the sea at the eastern end of the Kamokuna ocean entry, creating a surreal scene of floating, steaming, chunks of lava.
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A large skylight about a mile and a half downslope of Pu‘u ‘O‘o allowed a peek at the river of lava feeding flow 61G.
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Gases obscured our view of the lava pond, but its glow was still faintly visible.
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Molten lava drips onto the newest black sand beach on the planet.
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A closer look at the steaming chunks of lava adrift in the sea.

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