Lava Update | June 9, 2017

Kilauea continues to erupt on its east rift zone, from Pu‘u ‘O‘o to the Kamokuna ocean entry. While clouds initially prevented us from accessing the vent’s crater, it eventually cleared to give us the view we were hoping for, and observed vigorous spattering within the lava lake. Slabs of its hardened surface were being drawn into its molten depths. Breakouts on the upper flow field continue to occur, as well on Pulama Pali. And although rain isn’t something we enjoy, it did bless us with an incredible full circle rainbow! And lastly, the Kamokuna ocean entry rages on, adding to the new delta of land that protrudes from the base of the cliff. The stress fractures in the lava bench are increasing in width, more than likely indicating a collapse in the near future.

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The low hanging clouds eventually cleared just long enough for us to get a peek at the bubbling lava pond.
u‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond vigorously sloshed and spattered at we hovered above it, releasing gasses from within and consuming slabs of hardened crust.
The unusually vigorous breakout occurred before our eyes, swallowing slabs of hardened crust as molten pahoehoe upwelled to create this bubbling puddle. And within a few minutes, it ceased just as quickly and unexpectedly as it appeared.
Lava’s the treasure at the end of a spectacular double rainbow!!
Lava continues to pour into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, extending the new delta of land and creating an extensive black sand beach at the base of the cliff.
Stress fractures continue to increase in width, indicating the likelihood of a bench collapse in the near future.

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