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Satellite image shows active breakouts on flow field

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This image was captured on Monday, May 6, by the Advanced Land Imager sensor aboard NASA's Earth Observing 1 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 or very recently active lava flows. The vent for the current flow field is on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. From the vent, lava is carried through a lava tube to the ocean entry at the coastline. Along the way, lava can break out from the tube, creating surface flows. Several areas of surface flows are visible in this image. Two small areas are on the pali in Royal Gardens subdivision. The largest is on the coastal plain, extending about 1.1 km (0.7 miles) out from the base of the pali. Several small hotspots are visible on the shoreline at the ocean entry, where lava exits the tube and spills into the water. Satellite images such as this help fill in observational gaps between field visits.