LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, October 13, 6:00 am – Kalapana and Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Kilauea’s east rift zone continues to effuse lava via Pu‘u ‘O‘o, as flow 61G pours into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry. Virtually no surface activity was seen across the flow field between the vent and the ocean entry, the only exception being a couple flows breaking out on top of the eastern delta. The western delta was not active. The large skylight on the coastal plain remains open, and is degassing quite a bit, while a narrow skylight above Pulama Pali was also discharging gases. And while the lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o was active, low cloud cover and gases obscured our view of it.

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An accumulation of bright yellow sulfur is evident on this skylight’s edges is a result of degassing taking place.
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Patterns in the surface of lava never cease to amaze! Here, the crust of a river of pahoehoe cools to form a serpentine pattern.
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The apex of a breakout from above, forms an amazing abstract.
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Between the lines. An amazing array of braids forms between the edges of of a flow.
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Fingers of lava pour into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry.

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