LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, January 19, 6:00 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Mostly clear skies and a gentle north breeze allowed us to have a great view of bubbling and spattering of the lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o as eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. While the summit reverted to inflation, the flow field to the east of the vent was almost void of surface activity. Only a couple little lobes of fresh breakouts were visible, but the ocean entry continues to rage on, although the wind direction obscured our view of molten lava entering the sea.  See the photos below…

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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater was very active, with bubbling and spattering occurring.
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One of the few active lobes of lava on the flow field east of the vent.
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Although the rising plume at the ocean entry obscured the molten lava entering the sea, ejecta from littoral explosions were observed flying through the air.
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The two month old flow field east of the vent had very little activity even though the summit of Kilauea resumed inflation. Only time will tell if the flow resumes its progression toward Pulama Pali, but for now, it appears as though it has stagnated.
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Another view of the active lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater.

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