Last night lava broke out of the existing plumbing system that feeds all lava from the eruptive sites high on the mountain and delivers it to the coastal flats and into the ocean. By daybreak this morning a long line of lava could be seen part way up the Pulama Pali.
Below is a camera-phone image taken at 6:00 AM this morning of this by a local Kalapana Gardens resident.
In the past these kinds of breakouts have usually dissipated and stalled within a day or two… but occasionally they also become an entire new flow field, which have the ability to really change things up downstream....
I will go take a look at this from the access road today and maybe check it out tonight or tomorrow morning and report back by 11:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday)
The Hawaii County viewing area opened again yesterday and will likely be open today/night as well. Phone 961-8093 for Civil Defense lava hotline updates.