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View of swiftly-moving lava entering the tube system, and active breakouts

This Quicktime movie begins with a view of lava in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō made possible by a small collapse pit. The lava is swiftly moving towards the northeast, and this represents lava within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater that is entering the lava tube system which, in turn, feeds the active flow field. The movie continues with a flight along this active lava tube system, with the trace of the tube evident by numerous fuming points. The movie ends just short of the area of active Pāhoehoe breakouts, where lava exits the tube system onto the surface. These flows were active about 300 m (330 yards) north of the boundary of Royal Gardens subdivision.