Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - June 16, 2018

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Inward slumping of crater walls and rim continues at Halema‘uma‘u

 

Inward slumping of crater walls and rim continues at Halema‘uma‘u...

At Kīlauea Volcano's summit, inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema‘uma‘u continues in response to ongoing subsidence. In this view to the southwest, a section of dark-colored wall rock (center left) has detached and dropped downward into the crater.

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 Fissure activity and active ocean entry in Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone

Fissure activity and active ocean entry in Kīlauea Volcano's lower ...

Fissure 8 produces a lava fountain that pulses to heights of 55 to 60 m (185 to 200 ft). Spattering has built a cinder cone that partially encircles fissure 8, now 51 m (170 ft) tall at its highest point. The steam in the foreground is the result of heavy morning rain falling on warm (not hot) tephra (lava fragments).

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Lava from fissure 8 travels about 13 km (8 mi) down a well establis...

Lava from fissure 8 travels about 13 km (8 mi) down a well established channel (visible in the center of the image) to an ocean entry at Kapoho. Lava is building a seaward delta that is approximately 320 acres in size. The view is to the southwest with the Kapoho area in the lower right. The white plume is the vigorous ocean entry at Vacationland.

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View of the active ocean entry in the vicinity of Vacationland. The...

View of the active ocean entry in the vicinity of Vacationland. The interaction of hot lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, but that dissipates quickly with distance.

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