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County prepares to reopen lava-viewing area as new flow nears pali

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists take measurements above a lava tube to estimate the lava flowing within the tube.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    An aerial view of a lava vent on the northeast flank of Puu Oo shows a lava stream within the deep cavity.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    In this Thursday photo, the current lava flow is the lighter color area along the center of the image. The flow front has advanced about a half-mile from last week, at an average rate of 110 yards a day. The flow front Thursday was about 110 yards from the northern boundary of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. Puu Oo and its plume are visible near the top of the image.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    Incandescent vents still open on the northeast flank of Puu Oo are seen from the air. The around the vent is too unstable and dangerous to approach from the ground.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The lava pond in the western portion of Puu Oo crater remains active, and was about 160 feet in diameter, with spattering along the western margin.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the active flow field on June 16 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the active flow field as mapped on June 23 is shown in red. The blue lines show the likely path of the lava based on topography.

Hawaii County officials are planning to reopen a lava-viewing and parking area if a lava flow that began last month reaches the Pulama pali and becomes visible from Kalapana, something that could happen soon or not at all. Read more

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