Update From the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory

Kahaualeʻa 2 flow and Puʻu ʻŌʻō:

The tip of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow was 7.3 km (4.5 miles) from Puʻu ʻŌʻō when mapped on November 21.

Active breakouts were scattered all across the flow up to about 4 km back from the front.

Active breakouts were scattered all across the flow up to about 4 km back from the front. Click to Enlarge

Puʻu ʻŌʻō looms in the background in this photo taken from about 4 km (2.5 miles) away.

The source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow—a spatter cone at the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor—forms the knuckle-like bump just above the center of the photo.

The source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow—a spatter cone at the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor—forms the knuckle-like bump just above the center of the photo. Click to Enlarge

The Kahaualeʻa 2 lava tube is marked by the fuming areas that extend to the right down the flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Spatter cones on Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor:

Lava erupted a few times from two different spatter cones on Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor over the past few weeks.

These show up as the lighter-colored flows on the near (southeast) flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Click to Enlarge

These show up as the lighter-colored flows on the near (southeast) flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Click to Enlarge

The larger spatter cone to the right, with the obvious fume trace leading away from it to the right (marking the lava tube), is the source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

Incandescent skylights adorn the spatter cone and the lava tube in this close shot of the source for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

The lighter-colored flows in the foreground are recent flows which broke out from the near side of the spatter cone. Click to Enlarge

The lighter-colored flows in the foreground are recent flows which broke out from the near side of the spatter cone. Click to Enlarge

Webcams and other monitoring equipment dot the north rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō in the background.

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