VIDEO: New video follows lava flow from fissure 8 vent to the ocean entry at Kapoho

A helicopter overflight video of the lower East Rift Zone on June 14, 2018, around 6 a.m. shows lava fountaining at fissure 8 and feeding channelized lava flows that flow into the ocean.

Lava is still flowing out of fissure 8 unabated, and the channel is full.

At the start of the USGS video, standing waves in the lava channel can be seen near the vent exit. The channel appears crust-free from the vent to the bend around Kapoho Crater.

A surface crust forms over the channel as it spreads out during its approach to the ocean. The overflight along the ocean entry is from north to south along the coastline. The ocean entry is active along the whole length, approximately 1 mile.

Small littoral explosions are occurring, and there are several plumes of laze.


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