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 … More Lava Update | June 22, 2018
Through very voggy skies, we observed eruptive activity on Kilauea’s lower east rift zone continuing, with low fountaining but profuse effusion of lava at fissure 8 feeding a 6 mile long channelized flow to Kapoho, where it enters the sea and is adding acreage to the island of Hawai‘i. See the latest photos below.
This morning, eruptive activity continued at fissure #17, as a 100 yard long string of low fountaining fed a broad ‘a‘ā flow. The leading edge of a branch moving to the east northeast was approximately 150 yards from Highway 132, while the majority of the volume was headed east southeast, and was roughly a mile … More Lava Update | May 14, 2018
Earth shaking changes (no pun intended) occurring on Kilauea, as the floor of Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s crater collapsed on Monday afternoon, sucking all the magma within back into…? Yup, don’t know where it went, but from the incredible flurry of seismicity in lower Puna, it appears that the magma is traveling down the east rift zone. … More Lava Update | May 2, 2018
Very much like our flight on February 1st, a stationary cell of weather sat over much of the eruption zone, this time, just a bit further inland than last, so our approach was from the makai (seaward) direction as Pu‘u ‘O‘o was socked in. Several streams of lava were active on Pulama Pali, and a … More Lava Update | February 15, 2018