Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - July 8, 2016

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Flow front slows down on the coastal plain

Flow front slows down on the coastal plain...

After rapidly advancing across about half of the coastal plain, the flow front slowed considerably over the past day. The front moved only moved about 90 m (300 feet) since yesterday's mapping, and activity at the leading tip of the flow was fairly weak today. The position of the lava flow front relative to the shoreline can be seen in this aerial photograph. The leading edge of the flow, which was 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the ocean today, is the light-colored area near the center of the image.

More vigorous breakouts were active upslope, near the base of the pali. Fume from the lava tubes and smoke from burning vegetation are visible on the pali in the upper part of the photo. Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō is visible on the upper left skyline.

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Channelized ‘A‘ā lava flows were still active on the steep sections...

Channelized ‘A‘ā lava flows were still active on the steep sections of the pali. Dark brown areas are recently active ‘A‘ā, and the shiny gray areas are pāhoehoe lava.

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A deep hole remains open on the upper northeast flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō,...

A deep hole remains open on the upper northeast flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, revealing a forked stream of swiftly moving lava (just visible in this photo). Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater is visible in the upper part of the photo.

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A wider view of the fume-filled crater at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. The deep hole...

A wider view of the fume-filled crater at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. The deep hole near the crater rim (see photo at left) is just left of center in this image.

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