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New Map Shows Advancement of Lava

May 30, 2018, 6:11 PM HST
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The U.S. Geological Survey released this map and pictures as of 3 p.m., Wednesday May 30, 2018.

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Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissuresstarting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960 and 2014-2015.

Lava flow erupted from fissure 8, photographed during HVO’s early morning overflight today.

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The lava channel was estimated to be about 100 feet wide.

Views Kīlauea’s summit were often obscured by fog and rain today, but a break in the weather around 2 p.m. allowed HVO’s webcam to capture this image of the gas and steam plume being emitted from Halema‘uma‘u.

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