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New Map Shows Location of Lava Flow Spreading

May 15, 2018, 6:35 PM HST
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The U.S. Geological Survey released this map of the East Rift Zone as of 6:45 a.m. May 15, 2018, shows the location of the ‘a‘ā lava flow spreading from fissure 17.

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The flow front at the time is shown by the small red circle with label. The flow is following well a path of steepest descent (blue line), immediately south of the 1955 ‘a‘ā flow boundary. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014 – 2015.


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