UPDATE: Since this story was posted, we learned Mick Kalber returned to the lava flow for a second flight on Monday evening to film a larger breakout, closer to the source at Pu’u O’o.
PUNA, Hawaii – A large lava breakout was filmed upslope of the June 27 lava flow front Monday.
Videographer Mick Kalber captured the impressive activity from above, flying with Paradise Helicopters.
“This was by far the largest surface breakout we’ve seen in many weeks,” Kalber wrote. The massive new flow was emanating about a mile and a half below the geothermal pad, Kalber said. Another breakout a mile below the geothermal pad was inactive today, he added.
We hope to have more information on this event – and any significance it may have on the flow front – after a scheduled conference call with civil defense and USGS on Tuesday.
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