Webcam captures lava covering part of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor

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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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