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Latest Lava Photos from USGS

May 22, 2012

A circular lava pond has recently been active near the eastern rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater (Kilauea Volcano). Today, the lava pond had low-level but continuous spattering from its eastern margin, and a mostly crusted lava surface. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

This thermal image, looking northwest, shows the extent of the active breakouts on the coastal plain and pali. White and yellow areas depict active breakouts. A wide area of breakouts comprises the flow front on the coastal plain. On the pali, several breakout areas were active in Royal Gardens subdivision, and the easternmost of these breakouts has sent a flow onto the coastal plain in the past week. (USGS)

The lava flows on the coastal plain are still slowly advancing towards the water. On today’s overflight, the active breakouts were about 750 m (0.5 miles) from the ocean. These flows have once again entered the National Park. (USGS)

This is the current image from a temporary research camera positioned at the Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent. (USGS)

This is the current image from a temporary thermal camera. 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. (USGS)

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