Current Lava Flow Map
Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously since 1983, but this year’s flow which began in May was completely different. The volcano essentially replumbed itself. The park, which had been where the action was all these decades saw the magma source cut off and diverted out onto the flank of the volcano in Lower Puna 25 miles to the east. And as the lava retreated, groundwater seeped into the hot rocks more than a thousand feet below Halema‘uma‘u Crater, flashing into steam and sending coughing fits of ash into the air from the now-closed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Meanwhile, Lower Puna saw volcano fissures sending curtains of lava into the air, which ran into the ocean.
But all that seems to have ended. The lava has stopped flowing in Lower Puna. In fact, there are no surface flows anywhere on the island. Hawai’i Volcanos National Park, battered by countless earthquakes and explosions from Halema’uma’u Crater is quiet now and planning to reopen (on a limited basis) on September 22nd. Hwy 130 is open all the way down to the coast and along the coastline to Kehena Black Sand Beach, but Hwy 132 to the former town of Kapoho is covered over with lava and blocked.
See Volcano National Park’s website for a list of specific closures.
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