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The Latest Eruption Photos from USGS

June 18, 2014

The summit lava lake, its surface composed of solidified plates separated by incandescent seams, was about 42 m (138 ft) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu today (June 17). The mostly destroyed visitor overlook is at the left side of the photo, on the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu. View is toward the west. (USGS)

The following photos were released by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS). Note: these photos were not taken in areas currently accessible to the public. (You can visit the official website of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park for current information on the areas of Kilauea that are open to public).

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow remains active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Today (June 17), its most distant tip, in the foreground of this photo, was burning into the forest 7.0 km (4.3 miles) from its source at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. View is toward the southwest. (USGS)

The fuming spatter cone near the center of the photo is informally called the “Northeast spatter cone”, and is the source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. Lava reaches the surface at that point and flows directly into a lava tube, which feeds the active flows downslope. View is toward the west. (USGS)

While the top of the Northeast spatter cone is often open, revealing a small lava pond, today (June 17) its top was sealed shut. This has happened several times over the past year, and is likely a temporary situation. View is toward the northwest. (USGS)

Spattering was occurring at three locations along the edge of the lava lake during today’s overflight (June 17). Spattering like this is common, can occur anywhere around the lake margin (though it most often occurs at the southeast edge), and repeatedly starts and stops. View is toward the southeast. (USGS)

Map showing the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow (pink) in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawaiʻi as of June 17, 2014. Red stars mark the fronts of the active breakouts—the most distant was 7.0 km (4.3 miles) straight-line distance northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Older lava flows are distinguished by color: episodes 1–48b flows (1983–1986) are shown in gray; episodes 48c–49 flows (1986–1992) are pale yellow; episodes 50–55 flows (1992–2007) are tan; episodes 58–60 flows (2007–2011) are pale orange, and episode 61 flows (2011–2013) are reddish orange. The active lava tube is shown with a yellow line (dashed where its position is poorly known). (USGS)

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