LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, November 17, 6:00 am – Kalapana overflight

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as the Kamokuna ocean entry rages on. Low cloud cover prevented us from checking out the vent, but the lava supply from Pu‘u ‘O‘o remains steady. Fractures in the bench continue to widen, and steaming areas on the delta may indicate that slippage of an area may be occurring. Multiple fingers of lava pour into the sea, creating littoral explosions and lava bubbles.

 

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The sun rises over the Kamokuna ocean entry and the newest land on the planet.
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Multiple fingers of lava enter the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, creating a steamy and surreal scene.
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Looking down on a very active section of the Kamokuna delta.
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A couple of large rivers of pahoehoe flow into the ocean, creating a thick, billowing plume of steam and laze.
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Pahoehoe drips into the sea, creating an explosion of steam that billows into the early morning sky at Kalapana.

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