Lava Update | Thursday, April 13

Eruptive activity continues along Kilauea’s east rift zone, although, low cloud cover and gas rising from Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater prevented us from checking out the lava pond. The March 5th breakout still creeps along toward Pulama Pali, although its forward progress has somewhat slowed, as its distal tip remains approximately 1/2 mile from the crest. Still, numerous spots of activity were visible throughout the flow field above the pali, in both the eastern and western lobes. The Kamokuna ocean entry remains active as well, with its new delta continuing its growth. Several finger of lava could be seen entering the ocean through fleeting gaps in the rising steam plume.

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Beaming crepuscular rays from the rising sun creates quite the backdrop for a cloud and gas shrouded Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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A breakout on the upper flow field creates a mesmerizing river of textures.
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Directly above a finger of lava is the BEST vantage point!
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The Kalapana coastline is the most dynamic on the island, as lava from Kilauea creates the newest land on the planet.
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The new Kamokuna delta continues to build out, as multiple fingers of lava enter the sea, generating a robust steam plume.

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