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Photo, Video Compilation of Overflight, June 6

June 6, 2018, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated June 7, 8:01 AM
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The U.S. Geological Survey released these pictures and a video compilation from a helicopter overflight of Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

USGS photo taken June 6, 2018, during the 1 p.m. helicopter overflight of the ocean entry in the vicinity of Kapoho Bay. View to the southwest.

This fisheye view of the lava delta filling the former Kapoho Bay shows that while the delta margin nearest the ocean has cooled somewhat, the lava flow front is still very hot and producing laze (lava haze).

USGS photo. Click to enlarge.

Laze is a local hazard composed of acidic gases and volcanic glass fragments and should be avoided.

A robust laze (lava haze) plume rises from the northern side of the fissure 8 lava flow margins in the former Kapoho Bay.

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As of 6 a.m. on June 6, this part of the flow front was slowly advancing through the remaining sections of the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision.


The video shows the Fissure 8 lava fountain feeding a channelized lava flow that travels northeast around the Kapoho cone, and then flows toward the south to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay and Vacationland.



The ocean entry has completely filled Kapoho Bay with lava, building a delta that extends .8 miles from shore.


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