Thermal maps reveal the vast network of lava flows causing the Kilauea eruption

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Scientists monitoring activity at Hawaii’s erupting volcano have revealed a new thermal map of the area revealing the vast network of lava flows and fissues.

USGS reports say the eruption is continuing to devastate the island.

Volcano - Summit - Collapse - Steam - Plume

At the volcano summit a massive collapse occurred at 04:49 a.m. producing an ash-poor steam plume that rose about 1,000 ft above the ground surface (~5,000 ft above sea level) before drifting to the SW, the USGS said.

The energy released by the event was equivalent to a magnitude 5.3 earthquake.

Fountain - Fissure - Remains - Lava - Flow

The fountain at Fissure 8 remains active, with the lava flow entering the ocean at Kapoho, and just this morning small breakouts of lava were seen in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots, and near an area known as Fissure 22.

The maps reveals the lava channel has crusted over about 0.8 km (0.5 mi) inland of the ocean entry, and lava is still moving beneath the crust and into still-molten interior of earlier flows before it enters the sea.

Minor - Eruptions - Ash - Kīlauea - Summit

Minor explosive eruptions of ash at the Kīlauea summit continue, researchers confirmed, and say columns of ash and volcanic gas are still being blasted into the atmosphere between 10,000 and 30,000 ft above sea level.

'The eruption in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) continues with no significant change during the past 24 hours, the USGS said this morning.

'Fountains - Fissure - Spatter - Cone - Lava

'Fountains from Fissure 8 spatter cone continue to supply lava to the open channel with intermittent small, short-lived overflows.

'The spatter cone is now about 55 m (180 ft) tall at its highest point, and fountains only occasionally rise above that point.'

Coast - Margin - Field - Lava - Points

At the coast, the northern margin of the flow field is still oozing fresh lava at several points in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots, researchers say.

'Lava was entering the sea over a broad area this...
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