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Lava fountain and lava flows on Pu`u `O`o, Kilauea Volcano
Photograph by J.D. Griggs on June 2, 1986
Braided lava flows spread from a lava fountain on the side of Pu`u `O`o cone, located on the southeast rift zone of Kilauea Volcano. During similar fountaining episodes in 1983 and 1984, several lava flows traveled about 6.5 km through rainforest and into the Royal Gardens subdivision, which is built on the steep south flank of the volcano. The lava flows reached the subdivision in as little as 13 hours, and destroyed 16 houses.

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Updated: 30 March, 2001 (pnf)