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Latest Volcanic Eruption Photos

December 3, 2011

Active pāhoehoe, fed by a lava tube originating at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, has been migrating downslope within the Royal Gardens subdivision over the past week. The flow front is outlined by the white dotted line. The flow is running alongside a forested kipuka, triggering brush fires visible in the photo. The flow is following the west margin of lava flows emplaced in February 2010, which brings the current flow close to the last occupied residence (orange structure in center of photo) in Royal Gardens. (USGS)


This photograph, taken from the east rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater, shows a cone in the crater which was occasionally spitting minor amounts of spatter from the incandescent opening at its top. In the foreground, several altered blocks (pink-orange colored) sitting on the recent lava flow are evidence of a small explosive event in the crater — sometime in the last two weeks — that cast the blocks onto the rim. (USGS)


Current webcam image from the summit of Kilauea. (USGS)


Current webcam view inside Halema`uma`u Crater. (USGS)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    December 6, 2011 7:36 am

    The Photos are Great, But why the White Dots Floating Down The Screen.

    Please Reply if Possible

    • Pacific Island Ranger permalink*
      December 6, 2011 10:24 am

      It’s “Snow” that puts on there sites during Dec.

  2. December 6, 2011 7:50 am

    Why the white dots Floating Across your photos.
    Is This from you or messing with things

    Please Reply if Possible
    Thanks For Your Time

    • Pacific Island Ranger permalink*
      December 6, 2011 10:23 am

      It’s the “Snow” feature on

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