Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - July 27, 2003

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Scenes of lava in western tongue of Kohola

 

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Small, amoeboid finger of lava budding into toes. Largest incandescent toe is about 20 centimeters across.

(Credit: USGS, . Public domain.)

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Active flow forms background for loose blocks thrown out by past methane explosion, possibly during emplacement of nearby older part of Kohola. Vertical block just left of center is about 40 centimeters tall. Such large blocks remind us that some methane explosions can be BIG.

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Smoothly advancing front of west tongue of Kohola. In background is Paliuli and Pulama pali. Squinting, you can see surface lava in area of fume above Paliuli.

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Inflating west tongue of Kohola, with small breakouts. Note two clusters of stones on crust of flow. These clusters were once on the ground surface before being picked up and uplifted as the flow inflated. The stones are 2-3 centimeters in diameter.

(Credit: USGS, . Public domain.)

 

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These two images were taken from same location but with different magnifications and look directions. Breakout about 1 minute after starting from crack in crust of inflating flow. Tilted slab at right edge of image, just behind moving lava, is visible at top center of below image.

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A little more than 5 minutes later, lava has moved toward camera about 10 meters. Note how crust has formed and become wrinkled as it floats on the advancing lava.

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Map of lava-flow field, Kilauea Volcano
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Maps of lava-flow field, Kilauea Volcano

Map shows lava flows erupted during 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha. Red colors, both dark and light, denote Mother's Day flow, which began erupting on May 12, 2002 and continues to the present. The darkest color represents flows active since January 21, 2003.

Most recent--and ongoing--activity has produced two flows, one along western edge of flow

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