Kilauea celebrates 30 year anniversary of current lava flow

KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Exactly thirty years ago today, lava began spewing from the East Rift Zone of the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island in a flow that has been continuous ever since.

Over the years, dozens of lava fountains have shot as high as 1,500 feet into the air, and though the flow does not always travel all the way into the ocean, recent reentries have provided spectacular views for spectators taking lava tours.

The lava has also destroyed dozens of homes and buildings over the past three decades, most recently the final home in the Royal Gardens subdivision.

Scientists say the eruption has been relatively quiet during the past year, with mostly steady but unusually weak activity.

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