Lava Update | May 31, 2017

Kilauea continues to erupt from the east rift zone, discharging lava from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and feeding the ocean entry at Kamokuna. While weather delayed our approach to the vent, we were able to get a peek at the very active lava pond within Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s crater before having to quickly evacuate the area because of closing in clouds and gases. Little breakouts were plentiful on the upper flow field as well as at the base of Pulama Pali, where the March 5th flow has advanced approximately 1/4 to a 1/3 of a mile. Meanwhile at the ocean entry, multiple fingers of lava entering the sea continue to increase the size of the delta, and again, a stress fracture indicates the extreme instability of this new land.

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Initially, the lake was not very active, with just three localized spots of bubbling, then in a minute, the pond’s crusted over surface began fracturing into large slabs that quickly disappeared into the fiery molten depths of Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
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A breakout at the base of Pulama Pali pours out over the recently cooled lava field at sunrise.
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The March 5th flow has advanced between 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile from the base of Pulama Pali.
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The Kamokuna ocean entry was quite active with numerous fingers of lava entering the sea, continuing to build out the new delta of land.
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The new delta continues to increase in size as numerous fingers of lava pour into the sea. A major stress fracture has formed once again, an indication of the extreme instability of this new land.

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