LAVA UPDATE! Thursday, February 16, 6:30 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Kilauea’s eruptive activity continues on its east rift zone, as much lava was visible from the vent to the ocean entry. Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond continues to bubble and circulate, as we were able to get peeks at its occasional spattering beneath the thick gas plume blowing directly over it. The surface flows within 1.5 miles of the vent has ceased, but two major breakouts have occurred in the past week, the first taking place a week ago on Pulama Pali from the main lava tube, spreading and advancing approximately a mile on the coastal plain. The most recent happening on Wednesday afternoon, roughly 1/2 mile above the crest of the pali. Numerous branches of lava were visible, as the flow continues to spread and advance, running somewhat parallel to the previous western edge of 61G. Lava continues to pour into the sea at Kamokuna, still maintaining the “firehose” phenomenon while the shoreline’s cliff continues to erode away, creating a very hazardous condition on the land near the area.

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Best vantage point possible over the new breakout!
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The Kamokuna ocean entry continues to rage on, with the firehose still pouring lava directly into the Pacific Ocean. The shoreline cliff continues to erode away at its base, creating extremely hazardous conditions on land.
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Looking westward and upslope at the source of the breakout. The fresh lava is the shiny surface reflecting the blue sky overhead. The gas plume in the upper left is from Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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The new breakout above Pulama Pali is sending rivers of lava downslope, running somewhat parallel to the former western edge of 61G.
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The lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o continues to bubble and circulate as a thick plume blew directly over it.

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