Lava Update: Thursday, March 9, 6:30 am – Kalapana & Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflight

Eruptive volcanic activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as Pu‘u ‘O‘o continues to effuse lava, feeding the Kamokuna ocean entry within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The lava pond in the crater was quite active, with bubbling and spattering occurring. A new breakout occurred about 4 or 5 days ago, roughly a mile east of the vent, progressing approximately a 1/2 mile from where it began. This surface flow is more than likely robbing volume from the other breakouts downstream, including the ocean entry itself. A few small lobes of activity were still visible on the pali, but the month old flow that crept to within a 1/4 mile of the emergency access road has stagnated, so only time will tell if its distal tip will reactivate with the current inflationary cycle. And, although the firehose’s volume is significantly less than 4 weeks ago, it is still generating huge littoral explosions as it pours directly into the sea.

 

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Do smiley face volcanoes smoke? This one does!! lol! Bubbling and spattering kept the lava pond’s surface active and circulating.
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The latest breakout occurred about 4 or 5 days ago, roughly about a mile from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and has progressed about a 1/2 mile. Numerous fingers of activity were visible in its lower half.
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One of the large littoral explosions created by the firehose at the Kamokuna ocean entry.
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Scattered breakouts were occurring further up on Pulama Pali, possibly indicating the lack of a well established tube system on the newer flows moving down the hillside.
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These two fingers of lava were active near the base of Pulama Pali, with one expanding 61G’s boundary into the kipuka.
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