New lava flow from Kilauea

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists said last week that a small amount of molten lava had erupted from a vent below the Halemauma Overlook on the summit of Kilauea Volcano.

While the amount of lava was small, it represented the first lava flow from the volcano's Halemaumau crater since 1982. On March 19, the crater exploded for the first time in nearly a century and scattered boulders and rock debris but no lava.

The park reported no injuries due to the eruptions.

The latest report from the observatory said the continuous emission of ash from a new gas vent in the crater has turned a formerly white cloud of fume a dusty brown. Hawaii aviation agencies have been notified of a potential hazard to aircraft.

No additional closures in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have been reported; some parts of the park, including trails to the crater, were closed following the March 19 eruption. The park remains open as geologists continue to monitor high sulfur dioxide emissions from the summit and the possibility of another explosion.

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