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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Update

Kahaualeʻa 2 source vent and Puʻu ʻŌʻō:

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is fed from a spatter cone, shown here, on the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor.

The spatter cone is about 8 m (26 ft) high. (click to enlarge)

The spatter cone is about 8 m (26 ft) high. (click to enlarge)

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow extends to the north and northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

From the edge of the flow, where it first reaches the forest, Puʻu ʻŌʻō still appears to tower above the surrounding plain.

From the edge of the flow, where it first reaches the forest, Puʻu ʻŌʻō still appears to tower above the surrounding plain.

Views of Kahaualeʻa 2 flow:

Active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 are scattered over a broad area.

Here, a breakout near the edge of the forest engulfs trees and burns dead foliage.

Here, a breakout near the edge of the forest engulfs trees and burns dead foliage.

This beautiful bubble of glass, about the size of an small orange, adorns the surface of a breakout on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

Note the delicate bubble walls stretched so thin that they grade from the color of honey to transparent.

Note the delicate bubble walls stretched so thin that they grade from the color of honey to transparent.

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