Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - February 23, 2018

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Poor views at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

 

Poor views at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō...

On the south rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, on Kīlauea's East Rift Zone, an HVO geologist surrounded by thick steam and gas performs regular upkeep to the west pit time-lapse camera. This camera was relocated again at the end of January due to continued subsidence and instability in its previous location. The camera's field of view encompasses the entire rim of the west pit and the surrounding area (see time-lapse camera images below).

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A telephoto image of the spattering lava pond contained within the ...

A telephoto image of the spattering lava pond contained within the west pit at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. Wind-blown gas and steam reduced visibility.

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This west pit time-lapse image was taken on February 19 at 6:20 am ...

This west pit time-lapse image was taken on February 19 at 6:20 am showing changes in the area since the previous image (taken on January 31). On February 10 at 8:21 am (exact time based on seismic data) a large portion of the northeastern rim of the west pit (right side of glowing pit), collapsed. Prior to and during the rim collapse, the adjacent ground also subsided.

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A single image from the time-lapse camera at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, with the sp...

A single image from the time-lapse camera at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, with the spattering lava pond producing a bright glow from within the west pit (center of photo). This image was taken on January 31 at 6:15 am, just a few hours after the lunar eclipse ended (moon visible in the upper left corner).

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