Kilauea lava flow making little progress to ocean

Published: Aug. 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM HST
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Photo courtesy: USGS/HVO
Photo courtesy: USGS/HVO

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Geological Survey says surface flows remain active on the pali and coastal plain, but have not made significant progress towards the ocean.

At last check, the closest lava flows were about one mile away from the ocean.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released a photo of Pahoehoe breakout at the flow front. Officials say it shows a rigid ropy section of crust being carried forward by the flowing lava beneath it.

According to the USGS, the forested areas on the pali are some of the last remaining uncovered portions of the Royal Gardens subdivision.

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