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Lava starts flowing ‘with renewed vigor’ at Kilauea volcano

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    This close-up photo shows the front of an active pahoehoe flow on Sept. 29.
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"Vigorous activity" resumed at Kilauea volcano over the weekend as lava from Puu Oo crater fed two lava flows moving north and south within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and adjacent state land, scientists said.

 
A lava flow that began Sept. 21 is advancing in both the northeast and southeast directions around older flows, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported. When the fissure first began erupting, lava moved quickly downhill to the southeast, but the advance stalled as lava dispersed.
 
Lava resumed "with renewed vigor" Saturday night, although it may diminish or stall again in the coming days, scientists said.
 
On Monday, lava filled the floor of the Puu Oo crater, but active lava this morning was confined to a small lava lake on the crater’s east side.
 
The observatory released new photos of the lava flow taken Sept. 29 as the lava slowly advanced about 1.1 miles southeast of the crater. New photos and video are not expected until an overflight later this week, a spokeswoman for the observatory said.

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