Lava Update: Thursday, November 10th, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o and Kalapana overflight

Kilauea’s east rift zone continues to be active, with a bubbling lava pond within the vent’s crater and an ocean entry at Kamokuna, within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Very hazy conditions were persistent throughout our flight, from takeoff in Hilo to the flow field, and the wind direction made it difficult to peer into Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s collapse pit, but a bit of spattering could be seen. The skylights on its northeast rim were still open, revealing the raging river of lava deep within that feeds flow 61G. Meanwhile, the skylights just inland of the ocean entry seem to have a reduced amount of glow, but a significant amount of lava is still pouring into the sea, creating a huge steam plume. Several vortices spun off the billowing plume while we were there.     A number of large stress fractures in the Kamokuna delta, all increasing in width, are warning signs of potential bench collapses.  

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Rays of the rising sun shines through the rising gas plumes within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater.
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Vortices spin off of the billowing plume at the Kamokuna ocean entry.
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Lava continues to pour into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, creating a large plume of laze. Significant stress fractures in the delta of new land are warning signs of potential bench collapses in the near future.
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The skylights on the vent’s northeast flank continue to effuse a great deal of gas, while providing a window to the activity deep within.
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Rays of the rising sun shines through the rising gas plumes within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater.

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