Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Above and Below: September 15, 2014 Lava Flow Maps. Click images to view larger.
Map Above: The area of the flow on September 12, 2014 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on September 12, 2014 is shown in red. The front of the active flow at that time was 9.6 miles, or 15.5 km from the vent in a straight-line distance and had crossed the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve boundary into the vacant northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads. The flow front was advancing toward the northeast and was 2.7 miles, or 4.3 km upslope from Pāhoa Village Road.
Map Below: This large-scale map shows the far distant part of the June 27th flow in relation to nearby Hawaii Big Island communities located in its Puna district.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Service Updates
Web updates are regularly posted on the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s lava activity and conditions web page, and can be viewed by clicking here.
County of Hawaii Lava Viewing Area Hotline
The phone line is updated daily with current lava viewing hours and conditions for the County’s Lava Viewing Area located in Kalapana overlooking Kīlauea’s east rift zone.
Call: (808) 961-8093
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Updates
Web updates, volcano status reports and observations are posted daily to the USGS’s Kīlauea eruption web page. This information from the United States Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory can be viewed by clicking here.
USGS Live Volcanoes Webcams
Click here to visit the United States Geological Survey’s webcam page of their website to see both Halema’uma’u and Pu’u ‘Ō’ō eruption activity live.
Photo Above: On Friday afternoon, September 12, 2014, the furthest front of the June 27th lava flow reached a straight-line distance of 9.4 miles, or 14.9 km from the source vent on the northeast flank of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone. Moving in a northeast direction, lava is now only 0.1 miles, or 171 meters from the western boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads community. The flow is still confined to thick forest, burning vegetation and creating dense plumes of smoke.
Photo above: taken on August 28, 2014, Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s upper northeast flank and the active lava flow vent that began June 27. The vent area is now covered by lava, but the lava tube that carries lava to the flow front is clearly visible by the line of blue-colored fume. In the lower right, two skylights can be seen.
Photo Above: Seen on September 1, 2014 looking westward back toward Puʻu ʻŌʻō in the distance, surface flows at the front of the June 27th flow continue slowly moving through thick forest creating scattered brush fires and near its leading edge, a swiftly moving stream of lava continues pouring into a deep ground crack.
Photo Above: Taken on September 3, 2014, one small portion of the June 27th flow front was quite vigorous, with an open stream of lava moving through, and burning the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve.
Photo Above: Taken on September 8, 2014, closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō several small lava flow breakouts, producing burning foliage along the middle part of the June 27th flow remain. The current lava flow front can be seen in the far upper left.