Lava Update | Friday, May 19

Kilauea continues to erupt from its east rift zone, as lava effusing from Pu‘u ‘O‘o feeds breakouts on the upper flow field and the ocean entry at Kamokuna. The most significant development has been the March 5th flow reaching the top of the steepest section of Pulama Pali early Thursday, and reaching its base this morning. These photos reflect activity observed between Wednesday, May 17th through this morning.

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Friday, May 19, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o & Kalapana overflight: An outstanding sunrise greeted us at Pu‘u ‘O‘o this morning!
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Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o & Kalapana overflight: Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond was extremely active on Wednesday morning, with the entire surface crust suddenly fracturing and slabs of the hardened lava being sucked under… and then it all stopped, just as quickly as it occurred. So very dynamic is our volcano!
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Thursday, May 18, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o & Kalapana overflight: This breakout occurred about a mile east of the vent, spilling lava across the upper flow field. A couple of fingers were still active this morning.
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Friday, May 19, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o & Kalapana overflight: A long river of lava flows down the upper portion of Pulama Pali, beginning as pahoehoe, and ending as ‘a‘a. Several other fingers had already reached the base of the pali when this was shot.
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Friday, May 19, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o & Kalapana overflight: The lighter colored lava in this image is the active flow advancing down the steepest section of Pulama Pali. The most visible breakout is the 200 yard long river of lava in the previous photo, lending a sense scale to this.
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Friday, May 19, 6:00 am – Pu‘u ‘O‘o & Kalapana overflight: A bird’s eye view of the new Kamokuna delta, as it continues to rapidly build out over the area once occupied by the previous lava bench.

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