HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – The lava flow is creating new land at the Kamokuna ocean entry, months after the New Years Eve delta collapse that wiped away 25 acres of land.
The reforming delta is now 130 feet by 328 feet, National Park Service eruption crews estimate.
Conditions at the ocean entry make it difficult to see the new delta at ground level, but Mick Kalber got a good look at it recently from above, aboard a Paradise Helicopters flight.
Lava flows on the upper portion of the field closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō continue to advance downslope and produce surface flows above the pali, scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report.
“Small, short-lived breakouts have been reported on the coastal plain, but are not clearly visible in webcam images,” USGS reports. “None of these flows poses any threat to nearby communities at this time.”
John Tarson of Epic Lava Tours recorded some new lava flow footage from the field this week. The scenic shots taken at twilight show the slow, glowing advance of lava downlope.
USGS also published a new map showing the latest activity on the 61g flow, produced on March 30.