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Lava Continues to the Ocean, Crosses Pohoiki Road

May 18, 2018, 5:18 PM HST
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This morning, Friday, May 18, 2018, the line of fountains on fissure 17 coalesced into a large fountain that was sending lava 50 meters (164 feet) into the air, with small bits of spatter thrown up to 100 meters (328 feet) high.

Click to enlarge (USGS Photo)

At about 12 noon, HVO geologists flying over the area reported that fissure 17 was going strong.

Fissure 18 generated a channelized lava flow that had advanced about 1 km (0.6 mi) along the west side of fissure 17 as of about noon Friday, May 18.

Click to enlarge. (USGS Photo)

This image, captured during an HVO overflight around noon Friday, May 18, shows a lava flow that crossed Pohoiki Road earlier.

Click to enlarge. (USGS Photo)

Lava from fissure 15 also covered the Pohiki water line.

Click to enlarge. (USGS Photo)


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