USGS HVO Press Release — Lava Flow Nears Coast

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A lava flow is nearing the extreme southwest end of Royal Gardens subdivision on the south flank of Kīlauea. 

This is the first time lava has flowed over Pulama pali onto the coastal flat since last January. The flow is fed from a vent on the southwest flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. It was first sighted above the pali on July 3 and was most of the way down the pali by July 7. By this morning, the narrow flow had reached just beyond the boundary of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park but may be turning southward and could re-enter the Park between Kamoamoa and Waha‘ula. At present the flow front is 1 mile from the coastline at an elevation of about 120 feet. The flow front is now in grassland, and fires are possible.

Daily updates about ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, maps, and data about recent earthquakes in Hawaii are posted on the HVO website at

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