Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - June 17, 2014

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The Kahauale‘a 2 flow front

The Kahauale‘a 2 flow front...

The Kahauale‘a 2 flow remains active northeast of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. Today, its most distant tip, in the foreground of this photo, was burning into the forest 7.0 km (4.3 miles) from its source at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. View is toward the southwest.

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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater and the Northeast spatter cone

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater and the Northeast spatter cone...

The fuming spatter cone near the center of the photo is informally called the "Northeast spatter cone", and is the source of the Kahauale‘a 2 flow. Lava reaches the surface at that point and flows directly into a lava tube, which feeds the active flows downslope. View is toward the west.

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While the top of the Northeast spatter cone is often open, revealin...

While the top of the Northeast spatter cone is often open, revealing a small lava pond (see photo from June 6, 2014), today its top was sealed shut. This has happened several times over the past year, and is likely a temporary situation. View is toward the northwest.

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Halema‘uma‘u and the Overlook Crater lava lake

Halema‘uma‘u and the Overlook Crater lava lake...

The summit lava lake, its surface composed of solidified plates separated by incandescent seams, was about 42 m (138 ft) below the floor of Halema‘uma‘u today. The mostly destroyed visitor overlook is at the left side of the photo, on the rim of Halema‘uma‘u. View is toward the west.

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Spattering was occurring at three locations along the edge of the l...

Spattering was occurring at three locations along the edge of the lava lake during today's overflight. Spattering like this is common, can occur anywhere around the lake margin (though it most often occurs at the southeast edge), and repeatedly starts and stops. View is toward the southeast.

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