Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - May 21, 2012

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Coastal plain flows still slowly advancing towards ocean; lava pond in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

Coastal plain flows still slowly advancing towards ocean; lava pond in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

Coastal plain flows still slowly advancing towards ocean; lava pond...

The lava flows on the coastal plain are still slowly advancing towards the water. On today's overflight, the active breakouts were about 750 m (0.5 miles) from the ocean. These flows have once again entered the National Park.

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This thermal image, looking northwest, shows the extent of the acti...

This thermal image, looking northwest, shows the extent of the active breakouts on the coastal plain and pali. White and yellow areas depict active breakouts. A wide area of breakouts comprises the flow front on the coastal plain. On the pali, several breakout areas were active in Royal Gardens subdivision, and the easternmost of these breakouts has sent a flow onto the coastal plain in the past week.

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A circular lava pond has recently been active near the eastern rim ...

A circular lava pond has recently been active near the eastern rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. Today, the lava pond had low-level but continuous spattering from its eastern margin, and a mostly crusted lava surface.

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