Webcam captures lava covering part of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor


The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) cameras captured lava covering part of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor.

HVO says that the activity started around 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, and covered part of the crater floor before ceasing at about 3:00 p.m.

The lava did not flow beyond the crater.

HVO also notes that this type of activity is not unusual for Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and does not reflect a significant change in the ongoing eruption.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, making it the longest-lived rift-zone eruption of the last two centuries. It ranks as the most voluminous outpouring of lava from the volcano’s East Rift Zone in the past five centuries.

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