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New photos released of lava heading toward the ocean

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:45 a.m. HST, Mar 08, 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 burned Jack Thompson’s house in Kalapana on March 3. He had lived in the subdivision for 30 years, even as lava burned the homes of his neighbors over the years and cut off all road access to the subdivision. Thompson evacuated by helicopter as the latest lava flow moved towards his home.

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.

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CloudForest wrote:
There goes another section of cloudforest - up in smoke !!! How sad but yet how wonderful.
on March 7,2012 | 11:40AM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Why does the Honolulu Star-Advertiser post such tiny photos that cannot be enlarged? You really do a great disservice to your photographers and your subscribers by not offering the ability to see larger versions of photos.
on March 7,2012 | 11:47AM
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