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Photos: Fiery Lava from Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava flow

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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A lava flow moves on Makamae Street in the Leilani Estates on May 6.

Summit lava lake

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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This May 6 photo shows Kilauea's summit, which holds a lake of lava. Since Pu'u 'Ō'ō's increased activity, this lava lake has dropped significantly, the USGS said.[Read more about Kilauea's 2018 eruption here]

Volcano spatter

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists monitor the eruption in the Leilani Estates, a residential neighborhood affected by Mount Kilauea's rumbling activity. This photo, taken on May 6, shows spatter (blobs of lava that were thrown into the air) from a volcanic fissure on Leilani Avenue.

Spatter sample

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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A geologist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory collects a sample of lava spatter for analysis on May 6.

Panoramic view

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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A panoramic view of fissure 7 taken from the intersection of Leilani and Makamae streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision on May 5.

[Read more about Kilauea's 2018 eruption here]

Red hot lava

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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Lava covered the road and forest near fissure 7 on May 5.

Cracked road

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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A crack appeared on Pohoiki Road in the Leilani Estates subdivision on May 5.

Road block

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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Fissure 7 spewed out lava that slowly advanced on Hookupu Street in the Leilani Estates on May 5.

Thermal map

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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This map shows a mosaic of thermal images collected during a helicopter flight over the fissures at Leilani Estates on May 5. The map is a satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe. The white areas on the dark image indicate the hottest areas, with fissure 7 (F7) showing the most heat from its lava flow.

Fissure fire

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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A new fissure erupted with a small spattering of lava on the evening of May 5. Later that night, lava fountains as high as 230 feet (70 meters) were erupting from the fissure.

[Read more about Kilauea's 2018 eruption here]