LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, October 27, 6:00 am – Kalapana overflight

Sorry so late!! Thursday, October 27th, 6:00 am – Kalapana overflight: Eruptive activity on Kilauea’s east rift zone continues, as Pu‘u ‘O‘o steadily feeds the Kamokuna ocean entry in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Heavy rain showers were falling throughout our flight to Kalapana, but eased off after our first couple passes, although the thick cloud cover precluded a check on the vent. As the rain eased, our view of the lava entering the sea became clearer, as multiple breakouts along the eastern tip of the delta were very active, effusing molten pahoehoe into the sea. A couple of significant fractures in the delta are widening, as compared to last week, and may be an indication of an impending bench collapse.  Here are photos from the flight…

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A large breakout on the edge of the delta, sends a river of lava pouring into the sea, creating a steamy and acidic plume.
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Molten lava meeting sea water means one thing… LOTS of steam.
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Large fractures in the delta may be a sign of an impending bench collapse, as the cracks have increased in width since last week’s overflight.
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A new narrow skylight opened up just makai of the two existing ones above the ocean entry.
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The whale tail breakout increases in size as more pressure is relieved from within.

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