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Where’s the Lava Now?

June 30, 2012

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 June 15, 2012, and bright red marks flow expansion from June 15 to June 29. 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)


Lava flows remain active on the pali and coastal plain, but the flow front has made no significant progress towards the ocean over the past week. This image is a composite of a thermal image and a normal photograph, with active breakouts shown by yellow and white areas, and recent, but inactive, flows shown in red and purple. The active flow front, in the lower left portion of the image, was about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the ocean today. (HVO, USGS)


A narrow channelized flow cascades down the steep lower portion of the pali in Royal Gardens subdivision. This flow was close to the former location of Paradise St. (HVO, USGS)

This is the current image from a temporary thermal camera at Halema’uma’u Crater. 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. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

This is the current panorama image from a composite of three images 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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