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How has almost a month of creeping lava changed the Hawaiian landscape?

Aerial photos show Kilauea’s slow-motion sculpting of Hawaii

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon


While Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea has technically been erupting since 1983, the last month has seen a massive uptick in activity. It began at the beginning of May with hundreds of earthquakes, followed by lava seeping up from the earth.

Today, Kilauea’s mark on Hawaii snakes across 2,400 acres, and reaches all the way to the sea. The volcano has poured molten lava from more than 20 fissures, destroying dozens of homes, emitting toxic gas, and putting a geothermal power plant at risk.

Here’s a visual timeline of Kilauea’s activity, from ash plumes to cooling lava.

USGS via Reuters
An active lava flow crossing Pohoiki Road on May 28.
Reuters/Marco Garcia
The lava flow cuts across Highway 137 entering the ocean near Kapoho on May 28.
Reuters/Marco Garcia
Lava cuts through the Malama Ki area towards the ocean near Kapoho on May 28.
Reuters/Marco Garcia
Lava approaches Puna Geothermal Venture in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa on May 28.
EPA/Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters
Fissure 22 continues to erupt, sending a river of lava snaking toward the coast on May 27.
EPA/Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters
Huge rivers of lava snake its way toward the sea on May 22.
EPA/Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters
Molten lava from fissure 7 violently erupts several hundred feet into the air on May 27.
Lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases as it enters the Pacific Ocean on May 25.
Lava flows from fissures near Pahoa on May 19.
EPA/Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters
Lava erupts from fissures 6 and 13 at Leilani Estates in Pahoa on May 25.

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