Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - July 5, 2003

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Breakout mania

 

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Small oozing breakout before dawn from southeast base of tumulus shown in below image. About 150 meters inland from old sea cliff at Highcastle. Width of view, about 1 meter.

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Looking west at sunup toward tumulus that fed all lava in images taken today. Note typical medial crack at top of tumulus. Small breakout in above image is leftmost incandescent area in image (lower left). All subsequent images are of breakout that came from area in center of image.

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Breakout pours down slope and cascades over steep pitches, rafting crust along. Crust tears as it plunges into depression. Width of moving lava, about 3 meters. See 0608 video below.

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Same area as in above image, but depression is filling and breakout front is more continuous. Width, about 3 meters.

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Same area as in below image above, but 1 minute later and from slightly cooler location. Crust now coats entire stream into depression, but lava is breaking out from under crust and continuing its travel downward. Width of entire stream, about 3 meters. See 0610 video below.

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Close up of lava dripping from wrinkled crust that developed on breakout in above image. Width of view, about 1 meter.

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Stream shown above has filled depression and is continuing down broad base of tumulus. Filled depression is almost exactly in middle of image, along far side of streameters. Length of visible stream, about 5-6 meters.

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Three minutes later, lava is continuing to pour from under crust and move downward. Plates of crust tear from main cover and swirl down steep cascade. Width of moving lava, about 2 meters.

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Ten minutes later, stream has moved some 8-10 meters farther and shows no sign of letting up. Width of stream, about 1.5-2 meters.

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Upended slab of crust jammed against solid crust watches rest of world go by. Slab is 50-60 centimeters s high.

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At snout of still-moving breakout, lava reaches steep slope and gushes from under crust. Width of moving lava, about 1 meter.

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Most lava has reached base of steep pitch and, only 32 seconds later, has developed noticeable crust that is wrinkling and already breaking.

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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.

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