Lava Update | August 10, 2017

Eruptive activity persists on Kilauea’s east rift zone, as Pu‘u ‘O‘o feeds flows on the upper flow field, the coastal plain, and at the Kamokuna ocean entry. The vent’s lava pond also remains active, with bubbling, spattering, and foundering occurring. Little spots of overplating were visible just east of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, while the western lobe just above Pulama Pali has gained some volume, and is advancing toward the steep hillside. Meanwhile, a large breakout spilled pahoehoe onto the coastal plain upstream of the leading edge, roughly midway between the base of the pali and the emergency access road. And lastly, lava continues to pour into the sea at Kamokuna, and stress fractures in the new delta of land have again increased in width since our last overflight, indicating the likelihood of a substantial bench collapse in the near future.

Vigorous spattering was observed in Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond. No better way to start the morning than with a bang!
Bruddah Mick Kalber documenting the glow from deep within the skylight high on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s northeast flank.
Hot toes of lava expand outward and toast a young ‘ama‘u fern on the upper flow field.
Two fingers of lava creep closer to the steep section of Pulama Pali.
A large breakout on the coastal plain adds a swath of color to this stark and barren landscape.
Another view of the large breakout on the coastal plain.
Stress fractures continues to increase in width, as lava pours into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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