Lava Update | June 16, 2017

Kilauea continues to erupt from its east rift zone, effusing lava from the vent, Pu‘u ‘O‘o, feeding wide spread surface flows above and on Pulama Pali, and the ocean entry at Kamokuna. Most significant on this overflight was the ruptured encasement of what used to be the firehose, as lava was spilling onto the delta’s surface, extending its reach into the sea. Occurring earlier in the week, activity from this breakout continues, the steep drop-off likely contributing to the slow reformation of the tube.

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Pu‘o ‘O‘o’s lava pond was quite active with vigorous bursts of lava and gas, breaking and swallowing slabs of the hardened surface.
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Surface activity continues on the upper flow field, as numerous breakouts are occurring between the vent and the top of Pulama Pali. Pu‘u ‘O‘o is in the upper middle of the frame, spewing a gas plume from its crater.
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A breakout of very viscous pahoehoe, transitioning to ‘a‘a as it flows down the top of Pulama Pali.
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Molten lava pours from the encasement of what used to be the firehose, spilling pahoehoe onto the surface of the Kamokuna delta.
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The Kamokuna delta is growing as the ruptured encasement spills molten lava over its surface.

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