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Satellite image around front of Kīlauea's ERZ lava flow

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This satellite image was captured on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds. The yellow outline is the flow margin as mapped on Friday, February 27.

The image above shows a close-up of the June 27th lava flow in the area of Kaohe Homesteads and Pāhoa. Although the leading tip of the flow has been stalled for weeks, active breakouts have persisted a short distance upslope of this stalled tip. These breakouts are largely flowing over existing portions of the June 27th flow and have not expanded the flow margins a significant amount.

Update on Friday, March 6: An overflight on the morning of Friday, March 6, showed no major changes in the June 27th flow margin compared to this March 3 map.


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