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Lava about half way to the ocean on coastal plain

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    On Tuesday, the lava flow front was about 1.1 miles from the ocean. The leading front of the flow is the light gray area in the low center area of the photograph.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The amount of channelized lava on the pali has decreased over the past week, but there were still several open channels active Tuesday.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This thermal image taken Tuesday shows the concentration of hot surface lava near the flow front, as well as areas of surface breakouts on and above the pali.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY This map shows the lava flow as of Tuesday.
  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This photo taken Tuesday gives closer look at swiftly moving channelized lava on the pali.

Lava from Kilauea is about halfway to the ocean on a coastal plain after going over the Pulama pali last week.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new video and photos of the lava flow taken Tuesday.

The photos and video show lava going down the pali in channels before reaching the bottom of the steep slope and spreading as pahoehoe lava flows.

The lava advanced relatively quickly on the coastal plain Tuesday. Scientists said the front of the lava flow traveled about a half-mile between Monday and Tuesday and was about 1.1 miles from the ocean.

Since it went over the pali, the lava had been spreading and moving at a slower pace, averaging about 153 yards per day between June 30 and July 2.

The base of the pali is a little more than 2 miles from the ocean.

Meanwhile, the lava lake in Halemaumau crater rose this morning to 79 feet below the crater floor, a point where lava spattering may be visible from the Jaggar Museum.

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