New Video: Pu'u O'o crater develops new outlet for lava

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Aug 06 2014 03:25:21 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 27 2014 11:01:40 PM HST

A new vent opened up on the northeast flank of Pu'u O'o crater and unleashed a vigorous new flow.

HILO, Hawaii -

Some amazing, new helicopter footage of Kilauea Volcano has been released.

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It shows the red hot lava burning through forests after a new vent opened on the northeast flank of Pu'u O'o crater.

A geologist who witnessed the lava from a helicopter is speaking out.

"Magma intruded through the side of the cone and erupted on the flank, on the north flank at a new vent. It's feeding this new channelized flow. It's pretty interesting," said Matthew Patrick, geologist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

This latest flow is less than a mile long, but it's still a significant development.

Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been tracking the increasing pressure inside Pu'u O'o for weeks and the cone finally gave way. Lava came busting its way out, similar to what happened in 2011.

"It's always great to see a channelized flow. It doesn't happen every day. It's always a highlight of our time out there," said Patrick.

This flow called the Kahauale'a Two and it has been making its way through this forest for about a year.

Scientists will know in a few days if the new vent has affected the lava tube feeding the flow and they say there is no eminent hazard despite the latest developments.

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