Active lava flows on the Big Island at Puu Oo Crater

Active lava flows from Puu Oo Crater on the Big Island of Hawaii entered Hawaii Volcanoes National Park last weekend. The eruption spread across a nearby coastal plain in Kalapana, and is still located roughly one half-mile from the Pacific Ocean. The lava is not heading directly to the ocean, but instead is spreading across the plain, which located near Pulama Pali and the Royal Gardens subdivision. rather than moving directly to the south, toward the ocean. A video released by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reveals breathtaking footage of slow-moving lava, bubbling and bursting. The lava is known as pahoehoe lava, or “ropy” lava, because of its smooth texture after cooled. [youtube=""]

Video by the USGS, taken April 13, 2012.

Recent articles about active lava flows

Discover Hawaii News wrote about the Puu Oo Crater eruptions earlier in the year, with some amazing timelapse video footage of a lava lake collapse.

Volcanic landscape of Kilauea

The volcanic landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers incredible scenes of how active lava flows can affect the land. Fields of hardened lava stretching for miles, steams vents with rising clouds of mist and sulfur, tropical rain forests and underground lava tubes, snow-capped volcanoes—the characteristics of Hawaii’s volcanic landscape are endless. At Mount Kilauea, active lava flows have been eruption since the early 1980s. In fact, Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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