LAVA UPDATE!! Thursday, November 24th, 6:00 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Eruptive activity was present on Kilauea’s east rift zone, with surface breakouts on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank and near the base of Pulama Pali, and at the Kamokuna ocean entry. The lava pond within the crater was bubbling and spattering, but the wind direction prevented us from having a clear view of it. An incredible river of lava was visible within the skylights high on the rim of the vent as well, but again, the stiff wind made it tough to hover over it. The large surface flow that broke out on Tuesday on the northeast flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o was still active, but mostly slow creeping along its perimeter. Approximate length of the flow is between 3/4 to a mile long. Meanwhile, the breakout on the pali had a narrow river of lava between 50-75 yards long, with a couple other small lobes nearby. All of this surface activity however, didn’t seem to be slowing down the ocean entry at Kamokuna, as lava continued to vigorously pour into the sea.

A beautiful full circle double rainbow greeted us at the Kamokuna ocean entry!
The breakout from Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank, approximately 3/4 to a mile long, was active with hot toes along its perimeter. This lobe is flowing to the east of the main 61G tube.
The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater was bubbling with activity, but wind velocity and direction precluded us from having a clear view of it.
A narrow river of lava flows down the base of Pulama Pali. The light, silvery lava is from this latest breakout.
The ocean entry rages on, with this large river of pahoehoe generating the bulk of the plume.

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