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Satellite image shows Kīlauea's activity from summit to ERZ

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This image was acquired by the Earth Observing 1 satellite's Advanced Land Imager sensor on February 2, and shows Kīlauea's summit and east rift zone. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Active lava is shown by the bright red pixels, present at the summit - in the lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u Crater - as well as on the east rift zone on the far end of the Kahauale‘a 2 flow (click "map" link above for the current flow field map, which shows the extent of the Kahauale‘a 2 flow). These active flows are slowly advancing into the forest, and extend to about 6.7 km (4.2 miles) northeast of the vent on Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone. Satellite images such as this help fill in observational gaps between field visits.


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