KALAPANA, Hawaii – The 61g lava flow continues to supply lava to the ocean near Kamokuna, while dramatic activity is being observed on the ground by scientists and lava tour guides.
A dramatic lava breakout was filmed on Wednesday by John Tarson of Epic Lava Tours and shared over Facebook. Tarson captured images of a large ‘a’a flow at the base of the Pulama Pali, as well as video showing rivers of lava streaming downslope.
Tarson also caught sight of a skylight, and lava rushing past on the inside of the lava tube.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is also reporting activity by the ocean entry.
On Monday (5 September), scientists say a large section of the western ocean entry delta collapsed into the ocean, triggering a small explosion.
Last weekend, “HVO observers found that persistent noxious volcanic fumes downwind from the ocean entry area necessitated the use of respirators,” USGS reported today.
The 61g lava flow extends southeast from Puʻu ʻŌʻō on Kīlauea’s south flank. USGS says webcam views suggest no significant geological changes, and no significant changes or trends in seismicity or surface deformations are noted.