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Creeping Lava

August 28, 2012

(Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Island) Surface flows remain active on the pali and coastal plain, but have not made significant progress towards the ocean. On today’s field visit, the closest flows to the ocean were about 2 km (1.2 miles) from the water. This image shows a pāhoehoe breakout at the flow front, with a rigid ropy section of crust being carried forward by the flowing lava beneath it. In the background, the forested areas on the pali are some of the last remaining uncovered portions of Royal Gardens subdivision. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

Check out the latest information about the ongoing Kilauea eruption from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS).

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