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Hawai‘i Volcano Overflight: Part of Lava Delta Collapses

October 3, 2017, 11:48 AM HST
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“Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s lava lake is spattering, a very large ropey flow has oozed about a mile from the vent, a skylight has opened up nearby, with coastal flats outbreaking with lava rivulets and a small delta collapse at the ocean entry!” said Tropical Visions Video photographer and videographer Mick Kalber about last week’s Paradise Helicopters’ Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, overflight of Kīlauea Volcano and the surrounding area.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea Volcano of the Hawaiian Islands.

A small piece of the Kamokuna delta finally collapsed into the sea this week.

“The eastern end is now somewhat smaller and a portion of the bench and black sand beach are now gone,” Kalber said.

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Activity has shifted to the west side of the delta.

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