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HVO Update – Kilauea Ocean Entry Near Kupapaʻu Point Hangs On – Lava Lake in Halemaʻumaʻu at Relatively High Level

The ocean entry east of the National Park boundary near Kupapaʻu Point remains weak, with a wispy plume, as seen in this photo looking southwest along the coast.

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Photos from Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory

The main entry point of the Kupapaʻu ocean entry comprises a few small streams of lava, seen here cascading into the water.

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The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow continues to invade the forest line north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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Poor weather prevented good views but made for an eerie scene.

The lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu was 35 m (115 ft) below the floor of the crater yesterday morning.

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The lake is about 220 m (720 ft) long and 160 m (525 ft) wide.

A thin gas plume permitted a decent view of the south wall of the pit holding the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu.  Yesterday the lava lake was not spattering at its usual point near the left side of the lake in this view.

This wall is overhung by up to 15 m.

This wall is overhung by up to 15 m.

Instead, the lava lake was spattering at points on the west and northwest side of the lake. If the lake continues to rise, pieces of this overhang may collapse (note the cracks at lower right marking planes of weakness).

This photo shows the spattering on the lake's northwest side. The pit wall to the right overhangs the lake by about 10 m (33 ft)

This photo shows the spattering on the lake’s northwest side. The pit wall to the right overhangs the lake by about 10 m (33 ft)