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Lava Flow, Lava Pond, Lava Lake…

September 15, 2012

The following are the most recent images provided by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory…Enjoy!

Flows remain active above the pali, near the top of the mostly-buried Royal Gardens subdivision. The slowly advancing pāhoehoe toes had a silver appearance in the bright sun. (USGS)

The breakout that began early last week remains active. On today’s overflight, a broad area of active pāhoehoe flows was mapped, with the farthest makai lobe (lower left) just touching the top of Royal Gardens subdivision, near the buried intersection of Warrior and `Ekaha streets. When these flows began last week there were two separate breakouts, but the western breakout is now inactive. In the bottom center of this thermal image there is a faint line of elevated temperatures representing the recent lava tube. (USGS)

This is the latest webcam image from a temporary research camera positioned in the observation tower at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, looking SSE. (USGS)

This is the latest 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)

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

This panorama is a composite of eight images from a temporary research camera positioned on the north rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking into the crater. Winged insects occasionally take refuge on the glass in front of the camera. Dimensions of crater are approximately 400 m long (left to right in webcam) and 250 m wide (straight ahead). (USGS)

For the latest information on the continuing eruption of Kilauea, visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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