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Lava Flows Update From USGS

September 26, 2012

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii: The breakout from the upper flow field that began earlier this month is still active, with flows currently moving through the upper portion of the mostly-buried Royal Gardens subdivision. On the left is a conventional photograph, and on the right is a view with a thermal camera covering a similar area. The bright white and yellow areas mark the area of active flows in the thermal image. (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, USGS)

A small skylight has been open for several weeks on the upper tube system, just southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, providing a view of the lava stream within the lava tube. The lava rushing through the tube here is supplying the active surface flows shown in the image above this one. (USGS)

The lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater remains active, with persistent spattering at the pond margins and a slowly migrating lava surface. A time-lapse camera mounted on a tripod on the rim (left edge of photo) provides a sense of scale. (USGS)


For more information on the current status of Kilauea, visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.



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