Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - January 17, 2003

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From Pu`u `O`o to coast

Aerial view of Puka Nui and south side of Pu`u `O`o

Aerial view of Puka Nui and south side of Pu`u `O`o. Puka Nui is large collapse crater on south flank of Pu`u `O`o. Near fume on left side of image is from Mother's Day lava tube. 

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Cookie Monster skylight and associated hornito

Cookie Monster skylight and associated hornito, along Mother's Day lava tube below Pu`u `O`o.

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Rocks have been broken and overturned by explosion

Evidence of unusually large methane explosion along edge of Mother's Day flow above Pulama pali. GPS unit on rock gives scale. Rocks have been broken and overturned by explosion.

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Light-toned active lava flow on coastal fla

Light-toned active lava flow on coastal flat below Paliuli (dark cliff crossing field of view). Images below were taken at tip of western (left) lobe. Tips of broad eastern (right) lobe are about 800 meters from Paliuli.

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Wrinkles form as skin ages

Edge of flow on coastal flat.

Edge of flow on coastal flat. Fume comes from main feeding lava tube just above Paliuli (steep area) and on gentle slope just below Pulama pali. Pulama pali is high area behind Paliuli. This general area is site of all images today. 

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Small breakout from edge of flow

Small breakout from edge of flow. Note coarse wrinkles, some folded, on crust that formed several tens of seconds ago.

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Gush of lava broke from under crust of advancing flow

Gush of lava broke from under crust of advancing flow and moved a few meters into view. Note incandescent wrinkles and folds on thin skin floating on lava. Width of view, about 2.5 meters

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Narrow stream of lava with wrinkled crust

Narrow stream of lava with wrinkled crust, flowing from right to left. Width of view, about 2 meter

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Flat toe abutting an obstacle and folding

Flat toe about 1 meter wide abutting an obstacle and folding accordingly.

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Lava pouring from under crust, cooling en route, and forming crust

Lava pouring from under crust, cooling en route, and forming crust that wrinkles as velocity slows. Width of view, 2-3 meters

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Lava falls from sack-like wrinkled toe

Two breakouts pour into crack in underlying flow. Lava falls from sack-like wrinkled toe. Each breakout is about 1.5 meters wide.

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Small lava breakout from edge of flow

Small breakout from edge of flow. Note coarse wrinkles, some folded, on crust that formed several tens of seconds ago.

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Video of Eruptive Activity

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January 17, 2003

Rushing toe of lava

Rushing toe of lava that has just broken out from front of one active lobe of flow on coastal flat seaward of Paliuli. Toe is about 50 cm wide. Note how crust is "scrunched" at bottom of minicascade, resulting in wrinkles. Other videos on this day show breakouts in same area. In all videos, wind noise may be bothersome.

January 17, 2003

Slow moving lava

Lava slowly rafts plate of crust downstream. Width of plate of crust, about 1 m.

January 17, 2003

Two streams break from under inflating flow

Two streams break from under inflating flow. Note how crust forms on closer stream and becomes wrinkled where lava runs into barrier. Each stream is about 3 m long.

January 17, 2003

Lava runs from under crust along edge of inflating flow

Lava runs from under crust along edge of inflating flow. Flakes of crust, heated by the emerging lava, spall off and fall onto surface of lava. Width of view, about 75 cm.

January 17, 2003

Wrinkling of thin crust

Video shows wrinkling of thin crust at bottom of gentle slope. Note the concave-upstream shape of the wrinkles. Stream is about 1 m wide.

January 17, 2003

Lava tear

Tear begins to develop in crust on stage-left side of flow. Lava eventually pours from tear. Stream is 0.75-1 m wide.

January 17, 2003

Small gush of lava

Small gush is on crest of small divide and starts flowing down right side as well as left. Stream is about 1 m wide.

Map shows lava flows erupted 1983-November, 2002
November 25, 2002

Map shows lava flows erupted 1983-November, 2002

Map shows lava flows erupted during the 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha (see large map). Lava from the Mother's Day flow (red flow on west side of flow field) reached the sea at West Highcastle early on July 19, at Wilipe`a early on July 21, and

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