Filming the new lava breakouts by Pu`u `O`o

Lava flows and Pu`u `O`o cone on Kilauea volcano

Lava breakouts and Pu`u `O`o cone (or what's left of it). Photo by Tim Orr, USGS

Got out to film the new breakouts near Pu`u O`o today, though by air only.  David Okita of Volcano Helicopters took us right over the new vents and we hovered over a fabulous spatter cone that was filled nearly to the brim with splashing lava.  Several large flows were still pouring out the ground.  The lava broke out from the base of the Pu`u `O`o edifice and the flows are filling in the broad low area uprift.  We circled a few times over Pu`u `O`o as well to see the collapsed insides and small amounts of lava leaking into the deepest part.  After watching the cone uplift and bulge for the last month, this was not unexpected, but it was still exciting.  This was Phoebe’s first time on a lava filming flight – no doors, hot lava… she had a blast!