The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) says the new flow isn’t an immediate threat to residents, but could become one if it continues to surge during the next few weeks or even months.
Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983. Since then, most lava flows have advanced toward the south, reaching the Pacific about 75 percent of the time.
HVO scientists who mapped the new flow say the lava is active along two fronts and is moving northeastward.
They say this is unusual, but not unprecedented.
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