Volcano Overflight: Portion of Lava Delta Collapses

May 8, 2017, 3:22 PM HST (Updated May 8, 2017, 3:30 PM)

“Spectacular sunrise, lava flowing down the Pali and a large portion of the lava delta disappeared!” saidTropical Visions Video photographer and videographer Mick Kalber about Paradise Helicopters’ Thursday, May 5, Kīlauea overflight.

Trade winds have returned, sending the plumes at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and the ocean entry back in their normal southwest direction.

The lava lake at the vent was exposed and 61g surface flows are creeping over the Pali.

Only a few outbreaks were noted.

“Pele has yet to reach the steeper part of the downslope,” said Kalber.

Pele’s molten lava continues to pour into the ocean at Kamokuna. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the front portion of the lava delta collapsed recently, but dozens of lava rivulets have begun the rebuilding process.


Kalber and the crew saw no outbreaks at all on the coastal flats on Thursday.



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