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Satellite image shows latest lava flow

Source: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Source: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Source: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Source: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
VOLCANO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently released a 'false-color' satellite image that shows the latest lava flow on the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano.

You can also see the towns of Hilo and Keaau.

Scientists say the image was taken on June 12 by the Advanced Land Imager sensor aboard the NASA Earth Observing 1 satellite.

Two recent flow fields on Kilauea are obvious: the Mauna Ulu flow field, active between 1969 and 1974, and the current Puu O'o flow field that began in 1983.

You can see the latest lava breakouts as bright red spots in the image; the flow front was about 0.8 miles from the ocean.

Scientists say the total area of the latest active flow is about 2.6 miles long, which is about 40% longer than the main runway at Hilo International Airport (near the top of the image).

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