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Hawaii’s Geology at Work…

May 5, 2012

The flows on the coastal plain continue to take their time on their path to the ocean. Today (Friday, May 4, 2012), relatively sluggish pāhoehoe breakouts were active about 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the water. In the upper right portion of the photograph, fume sources on the pali mark the path of the lava tube coming through Royal Gardens subdivision. (Photo Courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)


This is the current image from a temporary thermal camera at Halema’u’ma’u Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. The temperature scale is in degrees Celsius up to a maximum of 500 Celsius (932 Fahrenheit) for this camera model, and scales based on the maximum and minimum temperatures within the frame. Thick fume, image pixel size and other factors often result in image temperatures being lower than actual surface temperatures. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)


This is the latest panoramic image from a temporary research camera positioned in the observation tower at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The camera is looking SSE towards the vent, 1.9 km (1.2 miles) the webcam. For scale, Halemaʻumaʻu crater is approximately 100 m (330 ft) deep. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

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