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Lava Continues to Enter the Ocean

January 5, 2013

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Island: Numerous small streams of lava were entering the water as they were battered by the surf. (USGS)

Looking west at some of the eastern ocean entry points. (USGS)

A portion of the lava stream breaks apart on the near-vertical sea cliff. (USGS)

A stream of lava cascades down the sea cliff at the ocean entry, near the eastern boundary of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This spot was one of several where lava was reaching the water. (USGS)

Large-scale map showing the mapped flow expansion on the coastal plain between December 14, 2012, and January 4, 2013 (in bright red). Light red represents the extent of the Peace Day flow from September 21, 2011, to December 14, 2012. Older flows are labeled with the years in which they were active. Changes to the perimeter of the flow farther upslope, from recent flows near the top of Royal Gardens subdivision,were not mapped and so are not shown here. (USGS)

For the latest information, visit the official website of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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