Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - February 23, 2002

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River of lava leaving rootless shield at 2150 feet

 

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Lava flow leaves perched pond on top of rootless shield (left part of image) and flows southwestward (right) as a channeled river several meters wide.

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River branches into two arms, the larger--the upper in the image--plunging down a cascade above which blue sulfurous fume hangs. Lava flows from right to left. The branch is also shown at the far right side of the left image.

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Surge from front of `a`a flow below rootless shield at 2150-foot elevation 

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Series of four images taken in early morning sun showing surging advance of front of an `a`a flow, a distributary of the branch of the cascading river shown in right image above. This image taken at 07:12:14.

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07:12:40. Twenty-six seconds later, note how the large solid chunk of crust has tumbled downward, rotated, and broken into two large pieces.

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07:13:12. Twenty-two seconds later and from a slightly different vantage point, the surge from the flow front is ending, and the new lobe is spreading out and slowing.

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