Lava Update | Thursday, May 3

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as Pu‘u ‘O‘o continues to feed flow 61G, and its lava pond still actively bubbles. The March 5th breakout has advanced further, getting closer to the steepest section of Pulama Pali, although it remains above it for the moment. The Kamokuna ocean entry remains very active, as 61G continues to pour lava into the sea. The delta’s stress fractures finally gave way, the newly formed land tumbling into the Pacific on May 3rd.

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Sunrise over Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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Slight glow can be seen emanating from the lava pond near the center of the frame.
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The March 5th breakout is approaching the steepest section of Pulama Pali.
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A fresh breakout flows around an obstruction.
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An active breakout streams downslope toward Pulama Pali.
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The Kamokuna ocean entry remains very active.
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A collapse of the new delta at the Kamokuna ocean entry reminds us of how dynamic volcanic activity is.
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As lava continues to flow into the sea after the most recent bench collapse, new land once again begins forming at the base of the sea cliff.

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