Lava Update! Week ending January 14, 2017

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as molten lava is visible at the vent, Pu‘u ‘O‘o, where it effuses from the earth, flowing through a well defined tube system to the Kamokuna ocean entry. The lava pond within the crater continues to spatter, bubble and circulate. A two month old lobe flowing from the eastern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o still creeps along, its distal tip roughly 1 1/2 miles from its source. Lava continues to pour into the sea at Kamokuna, although volume is at a reduced rate due to deflation at Kilauea’s summit. A bit of a firehose situation still existed, as glimpses of lava free-falling could be seen when the steam plume cleared. And what remains of the delta after the catastrophic bench collapse on New Year’s Eve, is precariously crumbling away, including chunks of the existing cliffside. Photos were below were taken during two flights, one early in the week and one a few days later.

The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater still bubbles and spatters as we flew over. Light winds allowed us to get a good peek at the activity early in the week.
Forgot my socks! lol! The warmth rising from the crater felt good!!!
The distal tip of the two month old lobe is approximately 1 1/2 miles from its source, and continues to creep along.
Very little of the Kamokuna delta remains, as what was left behind after the catastrophic collapse on New Year’s Eve, is slowly crumbling away. The area is extremely unstable so the NPS has moved the viewing area further back. The bay in the lower half of the frame was formed after approximately 4 acres of the existing coastline fell in with the collapsing delta. Great example of how dynamic volcanic activity is.
Glimpses of the firehose could be seen in between the billowing clouds of steam.

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