LAVA UPDATE!! Thursday, December 29, 6:00 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, from Pu‘u ‘O‘o to the Kamokuna ocean entry. The lava pond within the vent was extremely active, with a bubbling and churning surface that swallowed slabs of its cooled crust. High on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s east flank, the hornito that we once referred to as the Cookie Monster, is now a skylight with two openings from which the river of lava feeding 61G is visible, while further downslope, the month-old flow continues to creep along, having advanced approximately 1 1/4 miles from its source. The distal tip was active with small but consistent breakouts occurring while we hovered above it. The skylights at the base of Pulama Pali also still exist, glowing brightly from the intense heat of molten lava within the tube. And lastly, the Kamokuna ocean entry remains quite active, generating a large steam plume that billowed out over the sea.  And while weather quickly moved in, a byproduct of all the moisture in the air, was a beautiful rainbow over 61G!

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Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond continues to be active, as its bubbling and churning surface swallowed slabs of cooled crust.

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The skylights high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank still glowed with intensity, and gave us a view of the river of molten lava supplying flow 61G.

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The distal tip of the month old eastern lobe is now approximately 1 1/4 miles from the vent.

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The skylights near the base of Pulama Pali were still open, allowing us to peer into its glowing depths.

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Moisture in atmosphere created a rainbow over flow 61G.

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