Hawaii Lava Flow Map – Updated
Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously since 1983, but the 2018 flow 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 into 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 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. 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 reopened in September. Hwy 130 is open all the way down to the coast and along the coastline past Kehena Black Sand Beach to where lava covered the road at MacKenzie D-State Recreation Area. But Hwy 132 to the former town of Kapoho is covered over with lava and blocked.
To get more information about the volcano and the incredible story of how the eruption ended, check out the free portion of our Hawaii Revealed app.
See Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s website for a list of specific closures.
Hawaii Volcano Lava Map
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