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Latest Eruption Images from USGS

June 16, 2012

Lava flows remain active on the pali and coastal plain, and continue to slowly migrate towards the ocean. This thermal-visual composite shows the distribution of active flows, which are extensive and consist of several lobes. The active flow front today was 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the water. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

View of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater, looking southwest. In the foreground, an active, spattering lava pond is contained within a collapse pit near the east rim of the crater. Two additional vents, both emitting fume, can be seen behind the fume from the lava pond. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

A close-up of the lava pond in the eastern portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. The lava pond is about 30 meters (100 ft) in diameter. The dark lava flows at the bottom of the photo are crater overflows that swept down the east flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō in September 2011. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

Map showing the extent of lava flows erupted during Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption and labeled with the years in which they were active. Episodes 1–48b (1983–1986) are shown in gray; episodes 48c–49 (1986–1992) are pale yellow; episodes 50–53 and 55 (1992–2007) are tan; episode 54 (1997) is yellow; episode 58 (2007–2011) is pale orange; the episode 59 Kamoamoa eruption (March 2011) is at left in light reddish orange; and the episode 60 Puʻu ʻŌʻō overflows and flank breakout (Mar–August 2011) are orange. The currently active Peace Day flow (episode 61) is shown as the two shades of red—light red is the extent of the flow from September 21, 2011, to May 31, 2012, and bright red marks flow expansion from May 31 to June 15. The active lava tube is delineated by the yellow line within the active flow field. The contour interval on Puʻu ʻŌʻō is 5 m. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)


The current image from a temporary research camera positioned at the Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent. (HVO, USGS)


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. (HVO, USGS)

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