Volcanoes are awesome.
By
Ben Winsor

15 Jul 2016 - 1:28 PM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2016 - 1:45 PM

Since May, fresh lava flows have been seeping from the side of Kīlauea, an active volcano on Hawaii.

Photos released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) show the lava-front burning vegetation and glowing red-hot as the molten rock makes its way towards the ocean.

 

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, part of the US Geological Survey, is issuing regular updates on the volcanic activity.

Thermal images differentiate the fresh flow from the the dry lava fields.

The tip of the lava flow is said to be moving very, very slowly, and is now roughly 900m from the ocean.

The tip is stalling, causing the flow to breakout sideways, widening the flow field.

“Bright incandescence remains visible in overnight webcam views of the active lava flow field, marking lava tube skylights and areas of active breakouts,” the USGS said.

“The flow does not pose a threat to nearby communities. The lava lake at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater continues to circulate and spatter,” they said.

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