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Observatory releases video of new lava flow on Puu Oo

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COURTESY USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY This image taken from video shows a lava flow that began this morning on the northeast flank of Puu Oo.
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COURTESY USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY This is a wider view of a lava flow on the northeast flank of Puu Oo.
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COURTESY USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY Another breakout occurred just east of Puu Oo this morning about .3 miles from the crater, in the area of the "Peace Day" flow that broke out in September 2011. This second breakout was smaller than the one on the northeast flank, but was still feeding an impressive lava channel.

Hawaii County Civil Defense and geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are watching two new lava flows from the Puu Oo vent that began Tuesday morning.

The larger breakout, on the northeast flank of Puu Oo, is moving northwest in the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve. The smaller breakout from the east flank is moving southeast.

Neither breakout extends beyond the existing flow fields.

The lava flows do not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities, Hawaii County Civil Defense said. However, residents may see a glow from the lava at night.

The observatory released video and photos of the new lava flows.

Meanwhile, at the summit of Kilauea, the lava lake level in Halemaumau Crater rose to about 75 feet below the crater floor, high enough for spattering to be seen from the Jaggar overlook.

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