Kilauea lava flows less than a mile from the ocean
Posted on 1:55 pm, Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Lava flows remain active on the pali and coastal plain, and continue to slowly migrate towards the ocean. This thermal-visual composite shows the distribution of active flows, which are extensive and consist of several lobes. The active flow front Friday (June 15) was 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the ocean. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO
View of Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, looking Southwest Friday (June 15). In the foreground, an active, spattering lava pond is contained within a collapse pit near the east rim of the crater. Two additional vents, both emitting fume, can be seen behind the fume from the lava pond. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO
A close-up of the lava pond in the eastern portion of Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater Friday (June 15). The lava pond is about 30 meters (100 ft) in diameter. The dark lava flows at the bottom of the photo are crater overflows that swept down the east flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o in September 2011. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists mapped the the active lava flows Friday (June 15) which were about 1.1 km (0.7 mi) from the coast. Webcam images showed continued multi-lobe lava flow activity making some progress toward the coast. There was no ocean entry at the time.
Map showing the extent of lava flows erupted during Kilauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption and labeled with the years in which they were active. Episodes 1-48b (1983-1986) are shown in gray; episodes 48c-49 (1986-1992) are pale yellow; episodes 50-53 and 55 (1992-2007) are tan; episode 54 (1997) is yellow; episode 58 (2007-2011) is pale orange; the episode 59 Kamoamoa eruption (March 2011) is at left in light reddish orange; and the episode 60 Pu‘u ‘O‘o overflows and flank breakout (March-August 2011) are orange. The currently active Peace Day flow (episode 61) is shown as the two shades of red-light red is the extent of the flow from September 21, 2011, to May 31, 2012, and bright red marks flow expansion from May 31 to June 15. The active lava tube is delineated by the yellow line within the active flow field. The contour interval on Pu‘u ‘O‘o is 5 m.