POSTED: 4:44 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 4:45 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2012
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new pictures of the lava flow that consumed the last occupied home in the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana.
The flow has now gone over the pali and is spreading out along the coastal plain on its way to a possible ocean entry. The leading edge of the east and west lobes of the flow about 2 miles from the ocean and 5.5 miles southeast of Puu Oo vent.
The last time the lava entered the ocean was in late December.
The observatory also released two other photos Tuesday. One shows the lava pit in Halemaumau Crater. South winds blew the emissions from the crater to the side, creating a rare view of the lava in the pit.
Another photo shows a snow-covered Mauna Loa with the summit of Kilauea and Halemaumau Crater in the foreground. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jagger Museum visible above the crater rim.