LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, February 9, 6:30 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, from Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s bubbling lava pond to flow 61G pouring into the Pacific at the Kamokuna ocean entry. Although USGS’ deformation graph indicates that the summit of Kilauea has returned to inflation, activity was a little subdued, as the two surface flows within 1.5 miles of the vent appeared to have stagnated, and the plume at the coast was not as robust as it has been. If inflation continues, volume will more than likely pick up again after this brief lull. Two new skylights opened up and gave us a peek into the fiery depths of the main lava tube!

 

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The firehose continues to shoot lava out into the Pacific Ocean, creating huge littoral explosions. And yes, those are a couple peeps on the right, testing the law of natural selection…

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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater continues to bubble and circulate, AND amaze!

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Another new opening further downslope is referred to by the pilots as the Darth Vader skylight.

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A fumarole on the floor of Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater vents gases and glows from the heat within.

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A new skylight on the eastern flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o glows from the heat within the lava tube, silhouetting dangling strands of sulfur crystals.

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