Flew solo today… well, not really, but my airborne partner in crime, Mick Kalber, took the day off. Hope he got some much needed rest!!
Anyhow, Kilauea’s eruptive activity persists on the lower east rift zone. Fissure 8 continues to effuse a mind-blowing amount of lava, feeding the massive perched channel through Leilani Estates, and the ocean entry at Kapoho. Thick and low cloud cover prevented us from having an unobstructed view of the pu‘u and fountaining within, but had enough of fleeting gap to see that volume remains high, and notice the flow that spilled to the southeast (Malama side of the fissure). The channelized flow continues to amaze with the speed and sheer mass of material flowing through. The ‘a‘a flow near Four Corners appears to be channelizing as well, transporting lava more efficiently through the area, pushing into the mile wide flow at Kapoho, and eventually into the sea. See the latest photos below.