LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, November 3, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o and Kalapana overflight

Below are photos of ongoing activity on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as lava from Pu‘u ‘O‘o continues to enter the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry. The lava pond within the crater was very active, as glow and spattering were visible while hovering above. Also, the two skylights high on the vent’s north flank, opened up again, giving us a view of the river of molten lava feeding flow 61G. Lastly, fractures on the Kamokuna delta are increasing in size, both laterally and in width, indicating the increasing probability of a bench collapse.

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Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond was actively spattering, as rays from the rising sun kissed the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Kilauea’s gas plume can barely be seen in front of Mauna Loa, as morning winds and the inversion layer keep it close to the ground.
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The two skylights high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank opened up again, revealing the river of lava far below, feeding flow 61G.
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Fractures in the Kamokuna delta are increasing in size, both length wise and width, indicating the rising probability of a bench collapse.
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Lava pours into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, creating a giant plume of toxic laze, a combination of hydrochloric acid, steam, and tiny bits of volcanic glass.
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Lava pours into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, creating a plume of toxic laze, a combination of hydrochloric acid, steam, and tiny bits of volcanic glass.

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