Lava Update | June 24, 2018

Kilauea’s lower east rift zone eruption persists, as fissure 8 continues to effuse a tremendous amount of lava, feeding an 8 mile long channelized flow that empties into the sea. Overnight, a substantial breach of the perched channel got to within a few feet of a home on Nohea St before stalling. A slight surge in volume may have caused it, as further downslope, the channelized flow through Kapoho seems to have widened a bit, with its southern periphery slowly advancing. See the latest photos below.

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Fissure 8 continues to effuse a tremendous volume of lava, with a possible increase causing a breach that nearly took another home on Nohea St.
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Fissure 8 continues to effuse a tremendous volume of lava, with a possible increase causing a breach that nearly took another home on Nohea St.
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The massive perched channel meanders through the Leilani Estates subdivision, as the heavily overcast skies allows the glow to really pop.
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A substantial breach of perched channel, nearly consumes a home.
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A view of fissure 8 within Leilani
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A view looking north, over fissure 8 and the Leilani Estates subdivision.
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Fissure 22, near PGV, resumes spattering, and some effusion of lava from its sides.
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A view looking north over the braided channel, illustrating the stark difference between the upwind and downwind sides of the channelized flow. The toxicity of sulfur dioxide and heat from the flow proves deadly for most vegetation, as can be seen in this photo.
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A view of the section of the channelized flow through Kapoho, where overflows, or expansion, are occurring.
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A heavy rain shower blows inland over the eruption zone, as the heavy cloud cover brings out the color of the lava.
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The massive channelized flow feeds the ocean entry at Kapoho, generating a large plume of laze, a mixture of steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny bits of volcanic glass. And, yes, it is as nasty as it sounds. The lighter colored lava in the lower right of the frame is from the 1955 flow.
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The southern periphery continues to slowly expand, as spots of glow can be seen in this area that is normally obscured by the plume.
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A breakout near the intersection of Hwy 137 and Kapoho Kai St indicates the presence of molten lava beneath the black, crusty surface.
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Fissure 8 continues to effuse a tremendous volume of lava, with a possible increase causing a breach that nearly took another home on Nohea St.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018, 5:45 am – Kilauea’s east rift zone overflight: The huge channelized flow empties into the sea at Kapoho, while multiple fingers of lava bleed from beneath the crusted surface at the ocean’s edge.

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