Lava Update | September 6, 2018

With Hurricane Norman less than 300 miles away from Hilo, thick bands of cloud cover have been pushing in from the east, and obscuring much of the eruption zone this morning. We were able to have a couple minutes over fissure 8, albeit through some layers of moisture, and were not able to see any molten lava with the naked eye. I was, however, able to see a couple teeny spots of glow while I zoomed in tight… Not much happening there.  While we did make it over Pohoiki, cloud cover didn’t allow me to get any clear images, so we headed up to Pu‘u ‘O‘o for a peek, and… guess what?  Yup, darn clouds followed us there too! We were able to get under that cloud layer for just a bit, enough to get a decent shot of the vast pit of emptiness before the weather closed in around us.  Our last option for our flight was to see if we could get a look at Halema‘uma‘u… and, we did!!   Mind-blowing to see the radical changes that have occurred there. See the latest photos below…

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The eruption zone within Leilani Estates subdivision, with fissure 8 at the center of the frame. Gases vent from the line of fissures along the rift.
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Just two really tiny spots of glow were visible within fissure 8, as the rest of the crust seemed to be static… for now.
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Kīlauea, overshadowed by Mauna Loa.
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A spectacular view of Halema‘uma‘u, with Kīlauea Iki in the foreground.
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The new Halema‘uma‘u crater looks so radically different from what it was just a few months ago.
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A look down into the vast emptiness of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, as a bit of gas rose from its depths.

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