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Big Island Lava was created to provide a better map of active eruptions and lava flows on the Island of Hawaii.

Thermal of the early stages of the June 27th Lava Flow. Courtesy of HVO

Thermal image of the early stages of the June 27th Lava Flow. Courtesy of HVO

Big Island Lava is excited to have the opportunity to keep the community updated on volcanic activity.

The June 27th Lava Flow emanating from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cinder cone in the eastern rift zone of Kilauea nearly forced the evacuation of the town of Pahoa when it threatened to cross Highway 130 in the Puna District.

Currently the 61g lava flow, also originating from the Puu Oo cinder cone, is dumping into the ocean near Kalapana. Each second that goes by, it is creating new land. As of December 2016 the total land added to the island by the 61g flow is over 20 acres.

We take data posted by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and display it in an interactive format using Google Maps. As updates are released by the HVO, our maps will be updated. We also show an approximate flow front location based on more regular updates provided by the Hawaii County Civil Defense.

*In no way is this intended to be a replacement for the reports and updates provided by the Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory