Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - August 16, 2013

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Ocean entry near Kupapa‘u Point hangs on. Rain, steam, smoke, and lava. Lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at a relatively high level.

Ocean entry near Kupapa‘u Point hangs on

Ocean entry near Kupapa‘u Point hangs on...

The ocean entry east of the National Park boundary near Kupapa‘u Point remains weak, with a wispy plume, as seen in this photo looking southwest along the coast.

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The main entry point of the Kupapa‘u ocean entry comprises a few sm...

The main entry point of the Kupapa‘u ocean entry comprises a few small streams of lava, seen here cascading into the water.

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Rain, steam, smoke, and lava

Rain, steam, smoke, and lava...

The Kahauale‘a 2 flow continues to invade the forest line north of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. Poor weather prevented good views but made for an eerie scene.

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Lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at a relatively high level 

Lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at a relatively high level ...

The lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u was 35 m (115 ft) below the floor of the crater this morning. The lake is about 220 m (720 ft) long and 160 m (525 ft) wide.

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A thin gas plume permitted a decent view of the south wall of the p...

A thin gas plume permitted a decent view of the south wall of the pit holding the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u. This wall is overhung by up to 15 m. Today the lava lake was not spattering at its usual point near the left side of the lake in this view.

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Instead, the lava lake was spattering at points on the west and nor...

Instead, the lava lake was spattering at points on the west and northwest side of the lake. This photo shows the spattering on the lake's northwest side. The pit wall to the right overhangs the lake by about 10 m (33 ft). If the lake continues to rise, pieces of this overhang may collapse (note the cracks at lower right marking planes of weakness).

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