LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, January 26, 6:00 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Kilauea’s 34 year old eruption continues with activity on the east rift zone, from  Pu‘u ‘O‘o to the Kamokuna ocean entry. The lava pond within the crater was very active, as vigorous spattering caused by escaping gases occurred across its surface. Winds and gases were favorable, allowing us to get good peeks at the action. The new breakout that occurred on Jan 22nd, just downslope on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s eastern flank, is still active and creeping along the western edge of 61G, while the two month old eastern lobe still has molten fingers breaking out, but at a much reduced rate. Meanwhile, under a double rainbow at the Kamokuna ocean entry, the firehose continued to rage on, creating spectacular littoral explosions that propelled ejecta more than 100 feet into the air.

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The firehose scenario continues at the Kamokuna ocean entry, as the 50-60 foot stream of lava shot directly into the sea, creating spectacular littoral explosions that propelled ejecta more than 100 feet into the air.

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The two month old eastern lobe is still active, although at a much reduced rate. The distal tip remains approximately 1 1/2 miles from the vent.

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A full double rainbow formed in the sky above the Kamokuna ocean entry, as an approaching band of showers rained down on Pulama Pali.

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The new January 22nd breakout on the vent’s eastern flank was quite active, running alongside the 61G tube, extending roughly a 1/2 mile from its source.

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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater was quite active, as its surface vigorously bubbled, spattered, and churned.

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