Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - June 4, 2018

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Lava flow from Fissure 8 enters Kapoho Bay

Lava flow from Fissure 8 enters Kapoho Bay...

Overflight photograph at approximately 6:13 a.m. shows the lava flow originating from Fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry was reported to have occurred by 10:30 p.m. on the night of June 3, 2018.

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Fissure 8 lava fountains

Fissure 8 lava fountains ...

What a difference four days makes. This thermal image of Fissure 8 fountains from the Lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea shows a few things.
1) The two lava fountains have gained height - tallest one from 150 ft to over 250 ft.
2) A Pu‘u has built up downwind.
3) The amount of material wafting downwind is greater.
Scientifically, we know the fountain temperatures are reaching up to about 2040 degrees F (1115 C). The composition of the lava erupted has high MgO (magnesium oxide) values, which comes from olivine crystals that are being pulled from deep in the rift zone.

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This short video compilation shows conditions at Kapoho Bay during a helicopter overflight on June 4, 2018, around 6:15 a.m. HST and again around 1:38 p.m. HST. By 6:15 a.m., lava from fissure 8 had entered the ocean for over seven hours. The flow front was about a half-mile wide, with lava building a delta a few hundred yards into the bay. The ocean entry sends a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. In the second video, taken about seven hours later (around 1:38 p.m.), lava had nearly filled the shallow bay.

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