Lave Update | Thursday, April 6

Kilauea continues to erupt from its east rift zone, and although low cloud cover prevented us from flying over Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, we observed the March 5th breakout creeping along toward Pulama Pali. Now, roughly 1/2 mile from the crest of the steep hillside, there are two distinct lobes advancing. The eastern lobe has been, and still is, moving directly over the path of the main 61G tube, while the other is about a 1/4 mile to the west, running a parallel course. A small finger of activity was observed on the coastal plain, not far from the base of the pali, while the Kamokuna ocean entry is still going strong. Lava pouring into the sea continues to slowly build a new delta at the base of the cliff. Steam obscured our view for the most part, but fleeting gaps in the plume offered glimpses of multiple fingers of lava creating a new black sand beach.

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A fairly robust breakout oozed fluid pahoehoe into a depression on the flow field.
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The eastern lobe of the March 5th breakout continued to advance toward the crest of Pulama Pali, covering the existing 61G tube, its leading edge roughly 1/2 mile above the steep hillside.
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Multiple fingers of lava pour into the sea at Kamokuna, creating a new delta of land at the base of the cliff. The rising steam obscured the view for much of our time over the ocean entry.
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Hidden by the thick steam plume, a new delta of land is slowly building out at Kamokuna.
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Activity at the Kamokuna ocean entry continues, as lava entering the sea is building a new delta of land, while gas rising from the 61G tube demarks path on the right edge of the image.

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