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This lava flow starts in the Kilauea Crater (pictured earlier) and flows out of a hole in the side of the volcano called the Pu'u 'O'o-Kupaianaha Vent or Pu'u 'O'o vent for short. This particular vent of Kilauea is hte volcano's longest rift-zone eruption in more than 600 years. Since the eruption began in 1983, lava flows have buried 117 square kilometers of the volcano (Mauna Lea) and added 560 acres of new land to the island of Hawai'i. Kilauea is Hawai'i's youngest volcano and one of the world's most active. More than 90% of its surface has been covered by lava flows in the past 1,000 years. The Pu'u 'O'o eruption is by far the largest of these eruptions.

This is as far as we were allowed to go since the new lava bench was ready to collapse at any moment.