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Surface Lava Flows Remain Active

July 13, 2012

(Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Island) The lava lake on the northeastern edge of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor is about 30 m (100 ft) across. It\’s level rises and falls with changes in pressure in the magma storage body beneath Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Today, the lava lake was at a relatively low level, compared to its condition over the last few months. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

Several openings on the floor of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and along the Peace Day flow tube system continue to degas profusely. The only visible lava, however, is the small lava lake confined to a pit on the northeastern side of the crater floor. The lava lake has been present for the last several months. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

In addition to the active flows on the coastal plain, lava flows were also active on the pali and at the base of the pali. Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the Halemaʻumaʻu plume are visible near the top of the image. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

Surface flows remain active on the coastal plain, but have retreated inland compared to their position last week. The active front is now about 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the ocean. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)


This is the current image from a temporary thermal camera at Halema’uma’u Crater at the summit of Kilauea. 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)

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