Kilauea’s eruptive activity persists on its lower east rift zone, as fissure 8 continues to discharge an extraordinary volume of lava, estimated to be in the neighborhood of 100 cubic meters of lava per second. Although we’ve observed fluctuations in levels within the channelized flow, there has not been a noticeable decline in output from the vent. That being said, although levels appear to be “normal”, one of the channels in the braided section has been drained of lava, more than likely a result of a blockage. Downstream, the channelized ‘a‘a flow continues to push material onto the coastal plain, but the ocean entries seem to be a little subdued as compared to a couple days ago. Could the lava be accumulating beneath the ‘a‘a field’s surface? Only time will tell. And for the moment, southward expansion toward Pohoiki has stalled. See the latest photos below.