LAVA UPDATE! Week ending February 25, 2017 – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight:

Kilauea continues to erupt on its east rift zone, from the vent at Pu‘u ‘O‘o to the ocean entry at Kamokuna. The lava lake within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater was a bit difficult to shoot on Thursday, but Saturday brought another opportunity to witness incredible bubbling and subduction action of its surface. Lava continues to advance down Pulama Pali, both along the western and eastern edges of 61G, and across the coastal plain toward the sea… maybe another ocean entry somewhere around the public viewing area in the near future? Only time will tell!  Lastly, the firehose continues to discharge molten pahoehoe directly into the Pacific, creating huge littoral explosions as the 2000 degree lava interacts with the cool seawater.  No sign of a new lava bench yet. 

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Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond was very active, as bubbling and subduction of its surface created an incredible scene.
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Ohia, kukui, and guava trees were victims of this lobe’s pass through the kipuka on Pulama Pali.
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Lava cascades down Pulama Pali along the western edge of 61G.
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Several lobes of lava skirting the eastern edge of 61G, consumes a portion of the kipuka near the base of Pulama Pali.
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A late pass over the Kamokuna ocean entry on Saturday shows the firehose shooting lava into the sea, creating an impressive littoral explosion.

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