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VIDEO: Fissure 8 Still Oozing

August 6, 2018, 10:03 PM HST
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Videographer Mick Kalber released this video of an overflight of the East Rift Zone he took with Paradise Helicopters on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

Kalber stated:

Activity within Fissure 8 remains at a very low level, with small spattering within the cone, and intermittent pahoehoe flows issued briefly from the mouth.

The river channel is crusted over and appears not to be moving at all.

Pohoiki still stands, although residual lava in the system continues to slowly encroach on the boat ramp.

Numerous lava fingers are entering the sea just outside the bay, the residual lava draining from the flow to the northeast of the boat ramp. But she [Pele the lava goddess] has still not rounded the corner into the bay. Hopefully, Pele’s slow down will stop Pele’s advance on Pohoiki Bay—we’ll see.

The only other area showing any activity at all was around Kapoho Crater.

The flow we saw yesterday near four corners has stalled out. Since there appears no new lava is entering the system, this is most likely residual lava that will spread out, but make little significant advance in any direction. Air in the area continues to be vastly improved, and spirits have been lifted by this recent slow down. Is it possible she could be stopping after 96 days of absolutely surreal, devastating eruptive activity? We can only hope and pray.

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