(BIVN) – New surface lava flows streamed down Pulama Pali today, and were recorded by Epic Lava Tour guide John Tarson.
Tarson captured images of lava rivulets cresting the top of the pali earlier this morning, and was up close to see a fast-moving channel of pāhoehoe.
The lava tumbled down the cliff on the east side of the kīpuka by the Royal Gardens Subdivision, outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Tarson reported. Tarson said he was able to secure permission from the private land owner to fly a drone over the volcanic action on Wednesday.
The activity ends the drought of surface lava activity on the coastal plain, although the Kamokuna ocean entry has been ongoing. The lava has been transported to the sea via lava tubes that formed as the lava from the 61g flow made its way downhill.
In a morning lava update, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported flows near Puʻuʻōʻō continued “on the upper portion of the flow field extending over the top of the pali.” Scientists said these flows do not pose any threat to nearby communities at this time.