VIDEO: Aloha, Charter School
Videographer Mick Kalber released this video of an overflight of the East Rift Zone he took with Paradise Helicopters on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Just in case you were wondering, the 10-week-old eruption of Kīlauea volcano is very far from over.
In the past two days, lava has claimed a school, a beloved beach park, dozens of homes, miles of roads, hundreds of acres of farm and ranch land.
Sadly, scientists see no end to the eruption at this time.
Ahalanui Beach Park (Hot Pond) and Kua O Ka La Charter School were covered by lava yesterday from the current Lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea volcano.
The recent overflows at the bottom of the braided channel just above Kapoho Crater drained the lava from the river below and send Pele’s [the volcano goddess] hot liquid rock flowing southward.
The flow moving around the crater to the south sped several miles to destroy the hot ponds and charter school yesterday afternoon.
This morning [Thursday, July 12, 2018] Pele had made an enormous ocean entry just a half mile from Pohoiki.
Several homes were consumed along the way.
The ocean entry continues to pour lava into the ocean, with littoral explosions occurring regularly.
The source of the eruption upslope is of course Fissure 8.
Fissure 8 is still very active, sending two-thousand degree hot fluid lava downslope in rivers to the ocean entry some eight miles below.
Pele sent several overflows from the river into the Leilani Estates subdivision yesterday.