June 6 overflight of lava flows on the Big Island

Here’s the latest update from the USGS Hawai’i Volcano Observatory. This was issued at 2:34PM HST today:

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

This morning, lava fountaining at Fissure 8 continued to reach heights of 150-180 feet, feeding a stable channel to the east to the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area. Lava is entering the ocean in the Vacationland subdivision. Vacationland has been completely covered by lava, and overnight the flow expanded north by 100 m within Kapoho Beach Lots. The lava delta that formed at Kapoho Bay extended slightly overnight.

Here are three videos taken from above at 6:30 AM this morning.

There were some 500 homes in the Kapoho Bay and Vacationland subdivisions.