PUNA, Hawaii – A large lava outbreak from the tube system about a mile and a half northeast of the Pu’u ‘O’o vent was captured on video during a helicopter overflight this morning.
The lava, which is not currently threatening any communities, is “oozing a multitude of pahoehoe toes over a very broad shield,” according to videographer Mick Kalber, who filmed the event from above on a Paradise Helicopters flight. Kalber provided these observations:
“Lava apparently broke out of the tube system early this morning, and continued during our flight this morning. The outbreak is about a quarter-mile long, and 75-80 yards wide, the crust repeatedly cracking, oozing lava, and subducting the plates nearby in a remarkable display. In the thirty years of documenting Pele’s activities, this is the first time this reporter has seen this type of activity taking place in the middle of a flow field. The outbreak is headed slowly toward the crack that fed flows to the Pahoa area a year ago, but is still about 3.5 to 4 miles away from the start of the fissure. Nearly all surface activity throughout the flow field has ceased with this new activity. We saw no forested areas burning anywhere and only a few small outbreaks two to three miles below the vent.”Mick Kalber on Oct. 8, 2015