Kīlauea Lava Overflight: Lava Delta Almost 4 Acres

July 11, 2017, 10:56 AM HST (Updated July 11, 2017, 11:03 AM)

Last  week’s overflight revealed some of the footage to be seen in Paradise Helicopters’ new “VolcanoScapes” series entitled “The Hot Seat!”

Stay tuned for exciting well-known guests, engaging visits with interesting Big Island personalities and as always, the best Kīlauea Volcano lava video anywhere!” said Tropical Visions Video photographer and videographer Mick Kalber. “You never know who might show up in ‘the hot seat’ next!”

“The Flyin’ Hawaiian, Paradise Pilot Luka Dayton-Smith, navigated the unstable air to take the crew close to Pele’s outrageous manifestations,” said Kalber about Paradise Helicopters’ Friday, July 7, 2017, Kīlauea overflight.

“The surface flow we’ve been tracking for the past several months has cleared the Pali,” said Kalber.

Pahoehoe and a few a‘a flows still dot the surface here and there above and on the Pali, but the strongest surface activity was observed on the coastal flats at the bottom of the steep cliffs, Kalber reported.

The 61g tube system remains very entrenched, feeding molten lava at the ocean entry at Kamokuna. The lava delta there continues to grow and is close to four acres now, Kalber added.



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