Lava Update | June 22, 2018

Once again, low cloud cover and thick sulfur dioxide prevented us from accessing the airspace over Leilani Estates and fissure 8, but we managed to shoot the vent from afar. The fissure continues to discharge a tremendous volume of lava into the 8 mile long channelized flow, eventually pouring into the sea at Kapoho. No major changes were observed, with the exception of spattering at fissure 22, just south of PGV.  See the latest photos below.

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The heavy cloud cover and rain over the eruption zone, resulted in a rainbow and a steamy landscape.
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Although lower in height today, vigorous fountaining fed lava into the perched channel system.
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The perched channel remained stable, and no breaches were observed, although the heavy rain overnight created steamy surfaces.
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The perched channel remained stable, and no breaches were observed, although the heavy rain overnight created steamy surfaces. The houses in the photo lend a sense of scale.
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The crusted surface of the perched channel fractures into thousands of pieces as it rounds a bend.
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The narrower and deeper channels in this section, mean an increase in the flow rate.
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The luminosity of the lava makes it appear translucent… but it’s not. Lava is AMAZING!!
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The channelized flow continues downstream, rounding the bend at Four Corners, and entering the sea at Kapoho.
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A view of the wide river of lava pours into the sea, creating huge bubbles of upwelling just offshore.
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Looking down at the massive river of lava pouring into the sea, forever altering the Kapoho coastline.
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A massive flow pours into the Pacific at Kapoho, generating a huge plume of laze, a mixture of steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny bits of volcanic glass.
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A river of pahoehoe pours into the sea at Kapoho, creating new land in the process.
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What remains of Kapoho…
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The Puna Geothermal Venture facility sits, surround by lava on three sides, with fissure 22 spattering in the background (the glowing dot above the plant)

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