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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03499

Lava flows from the East Rift Zone eruption that began in 1983 at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano frequently overran the coastal highway, enveloping traffic signs such as this one. Lava flows can travel fast enough to block roads and evacuation routes, closing off access to communities and trapping residents. Photo by Lee Siebert, 1987 (Smithsonian Institution).

Lava flows from the East Rift Zone eruption that began in 1983 at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano frequently overran the coastal highway, enveloping traffic signs such as this one. Lava flows can travel fast enough to block roads and evacuation routes, closing off access to communities and trapping residents.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1987 (Smithsonian Institution).

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