Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - January 6, 2002

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Growth of west side of Kamoamoa bench

 

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Inflating surface flow on bench empties lava into the ocean along the front of the western part of the bench at dawn. The flow is mostly crusted, so only sprinkles of incandescence are visible, but occasionally small breakouts could be seen.

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Steam plume rises vertically in calm wind of predawn light.

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The bench now abuts against the sea cliff in the background and has grown substantially seaward. Note that the sea arch at the base of the cliff is obscured by the new growth.

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View looks east along the front of the newly built western part of the bench. Old sea cliff on left is near point in coastline. The bench is nearing this point.

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View looking across part of newly constructed western third of the Kamoamoa bench. The former front of the bench is vaguely shown in center of photo, diagonally from upper left to lower right.

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