Luka’s Lava

A magnificently clear day allowed us to access the Pu'u 'O'o vent this morning, capturing images of a very active lava lake. Skylights just east of the vent were accessible, but we were unable to see inside. This conduit feeds not only the ongoing 61G flow, but also the two still active additional flows on top of the tube system…

Voggy Bench Collapse

Extremely voggy conditions in East Hawaii this morning obscured our view throughout our flight. Nonetheless, we captured images of a very active lake within the Pu'u 'O'o vent. This is the clearing house where lava first surfaces in the vent before exiting to, not only the ongoing 61G flow, but also the still active additional flow just to the northeast. Pele…

Lava Lake Exposed

Steam rising from Pele's fire made the vent spectacular today... allowing us a multitude of lava lake shots. We saw spattering, stretching and folding of lava within the small lake inside Pu'u 'O'o. The new offshoot from the 61G flow continues sluggishly toward the east, and is making a slight turn to the south as well... and is now well…

New Lava Flow

A new lava flow, which started Monday of this week continues flowing east from just below the Pu`u `O`o vent. As of Thanksgiving morning, the flow had advanced about 3/4ths of a mile from the vent. Numerous pahoehoe toes dot the surface of the flow, and a sizable skylight at the top reveals lava steadily feeding its downslope outbreaks. A…

Wild Ocean Lava

Rainy weather upslope prevented us from accessing the vent today, but the activity at the ocean entry more than made up for our loss. The 61G flow continues unabated, dumping tons of lava into the pacific ocean at Kamokuna just inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Pele sends her flows through the tube system from the vent some six miles to…

Rainy Day Flow

Rain prevented us from visiting anywhere on the 61G lava flow except the ocean entry. Fortunately, it was quite spectacular! All activity is still confined to the Kalpana (eastern) lava delta... the western on having died out about a month ago. Numerous lobes of lava are pouring into the Pacific Ocean there, creating a huge plume of laze that can…

Lava makes clouds

Pele's plume from the Pu'u 'O'o vent and the ocean entry this morning floated southeast, as the 61G lava flow continued. The vent's lava lake was barely visible, the vent almost completely socked in. Almost at the top of the Pali we discovered a large gaping skylight. The break in the tube allowed us to see lava coursing by, feeding…

Big lava plume

Pele's plume from the Pu'u 'O'o vent stretched southeast over the Pali this morning as the 61G flow continues unabated. The vent's lava lake was visible, but largely obscured this morning. About a mile and a half down the path to the ocean we discovered a large gaping skylight. the break in the tube allowed us to see lava coursing…

New Lava Skylight

The Volcano Goddess Pele continues to battle her sister Na Maka, the Goddess of the Sea, flowing most strongly to the east, but steadily to the west as well. All ocean entries are within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, at numerous points in the Pacific Ocean. Pele's fluid pahoehoe flows now cover the better part of a mile of the recently…