Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Slow-moving breakouts form new flow front

Detailed Description

Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow remains active upslope from the Pahoa Marketplace area, visible at lower right. The leading edge stalled on December 22, but breakouts just upslope widened the flow field and then overtook the flow front during the past few days. The new leading edge advanced the flow front about 150 m (165 yd) since December 27. The flow crossed the firebreak road on December 28. The new tip is 530 m (580 yd) upslope of the Pahoa Marketplace, and was itself stalled at the time the photo was taken. The view is to the southwest.