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PHOTOS: Lava Moving in Open Channel

July 30, 2018, 6:23 PM HST
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The U.S. Geological Survey released these pictures of the East Rift Zone on Monday July 30, 2018.

Around noon on Monday, July 30, 2018, USGS scientists were able to get a reasonably clear view of the spillway though which lava erupted from the Fissure 8 cone enters the lava channel.

Kīlauea lower East Rift Zone. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

At the time, they observed a continuous, steady outpouring of lava.

As of 6 a.m., Monday, July 30, lava from Fissure 8 was moving in an open channel all the way to the central flow field southeast of Kapoho Crater.

Ocean entry on July 30, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

There, it crusted over and fed numerous active tongues of lava that entered the ocean along a broad  1.2 miles coastal flow front centered near the former Ahalanui Beach Park.

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During this morning’s overflight, USGS scientists noted that the distal Fissure 8 flow margin had not advanced overnight, and remained less than 0.1 mi from the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park.

Pohoiki on July 30, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

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But they also observed that lava along the western edge of the flow was fuming, so it could start oozing from that edge.

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