Lava Update | March 1, 2018

Cloudy and rainy skies were once again prevalent, and although it did preclude us from visiting Pu‘u ‘O‘o, we were able to access the upper flow field and pali for our documentary overflight. Eruptive activity continues to be vigorous on Pulama Pali and the area just above the steep hillside, with the bulk of the action occurring over the main 61G tube and the western lobe. A beautiful river of ‘a‘a gave us a great opportunity to capture images of its textured channelized interior. Breakouts were numerous above the pali, including the reactivated eastern lobe. See the photos below!

An incredible channelized river of ‘a‘a flowed down Pulama Pali, tumbling boulders and rubble, advancing its leading edge. I LOVE observing ‘a‘a flows, as the texture and glow of the extremely viscous lava is mesmerizing!
Breakouts were numerous above Pulama Pali on the westernmost lobe, as it bypassed what remains of the long kipuka, on its way down to the coastal plain.
Here’s a view of the eastern lobe, as it advances toward the pali. This is not quite as voluminous as what’s flowing out of the original 61G tube and the western lobe.
One of numerous nosebleed breakouts above the pali.
This breakout occurred on the coastal plain, at the base of the original 61G tube. Flows have not advanced very far from the base of the pali, as activity continues to be very spread out.
Another breakout of pahoehoe above the pali creates a finely textured surface as it cools rapidly.
This is the view of the upper flow field as we attempted to access Pu‘u ‘O‘o, but the low cloud cover and thick steam made it impossible.

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