Lava continues flow toward Ahalanui park

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Edan and Nui Mabon swim with their son Haile, 2, at Ahalanui Beach Park in Puna in 2017.
  • The fissure 8 cone and fountain is seen Monday afternoon at the end of Luana Street in Leilani Estates. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • This panorama of Kilauea's summit caldera was made about 10 a.m. Monday from the Keanakanoi overlook on the south side of the caldera. Halema‘uma‘u is visible steaming to the left, and the ongoing ground cracking is visible in the center of the image. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geology field crews maintain watch over the eruptive activity in the lower East Rift Zone and at Kilauea's summit. Here, a geologist documents the behavior of lava as it exits the fissure 8 cone. Lava enters the upper channel traveling as fast as 18 mph. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • USGS map updated Monday.
  • The open lava channel from fissure 8 is seen Monday morning during a helicopter overflight of the lower East Rift Zone. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Ahalanui Beach Park may be the next area threatened by lava as the flow front in lower Puna inches southward toward Warm Ponds.