Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - June 30, 2005

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East Lae`apuki and Pu`u `O`o

This is a photo of west of East Lae`apuki lava delta.

Aerial view looking west of East Lae`apuki lava delta. Smooth surface is most recent lava flows. Note fan of flows reaching onto delta from upper right, the site of the feeding tube. Delta is about 190 m wide perpendicular to shoreline.

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This is a photo of East Lae`apuki lava delta.

Closer and more nearly vertical view of delta, showing linear cracks parallel to shoreline. These cracks did not take part in small collapse on evening of June 27 but could fail at any time.

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This is a photo of two vents on floor of East Pond Vent, in crater of Pu`u `O`o.

Two vents on floor of East Pond Vent, in crater of Pu`u `O`o. Each vent spatters from time to time. The falling spatter accumulates around the vents to form two new spatter cones.

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This is a photo of a pit at MLK vent near southwest base of Pu`u `O`o.

Aerial view, looking northeast, of pit at MLK vent near southwest base of Pu`u `O`o (upper left). Vigorous sloshing from underneath east wall of pit is building new spatter cone (hidden from view by fume) on crusted floor of the vent.

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Map of flows from Pu`u `O`o: 16 May 2005

This is a map of flows from Pu`u `O`o from May 16th, 2005.

Map shows lava flows erupted during 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha.

Yellow, brown, and red colors indicate lava flows erupted from October 2003 to mid May 2005. Yellow shade indicates currently active Kuhio (PKK) flow, active most of the time from March 20, 2004 through present (May 2005). Its large eastern arm feeds the Ka`ili`ili ocean entry. Its western arm once supplied lava to Lae`apuki, but now the west branch of that arm carries lava to the West Highcastle entry. The middle arm of the PKK flow has not amounted to much and hangs high on Pulama pali between the western and eastern arms.

Brown shade denotes MLK flows, which first erupted in January 2004, and, in brief spurts, subsequently.

Red indicates the Mother's Day/Banana flow, which is no longer active. Short flows from the crater, West Gap, and Puka Nui vents are also shown in red. Only the Puka Nui vent is currently producing infrequent, small flows.

New vents opened at the southern base of Pu`u `O`o on January 19, 2004 and fed Martin Luther King (MLK) flows, which remained active until March 5, 2004. Since then, several more vents have formed in the MLK area and continue to erupt intermittently. On March 20, 2004 the Kuhio (PKK) flow originated from two vents, about 250 m south of base of Pu`u `O`o. This flow has been continuously active since July 26, 2004.

The Banana flow developed from breakouts from the Mother's Day lava tube, centered near the former Banana Tree kipuka. The breakouts become prominent in the middle of April and lava started down Pulama pali shortly thereafter. The Banana flow fed an ocean entry from the end of May through the beginning of August. This flow stagnated early in September 2004, and Mother's Day tube died late in 2004.

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Map of Pu`u `O`o and vicinity: 24 August 2004

This is a map of Pu`u `O`o and vicinity from August 24, 2004.

Map shows vents, lava flows, and other features near Pu`u `O`o frequently referred to in updates (see large map). These features change often, but this map should help those viewers lost in the terminology. The cones in West Gap are just outside the boundary of the crater--the oval-shaped depression containing the seven numbered vents (now down to 6, as Humble Vent has been buried by a mound of lava flows erupted from Dave's Pit/Vent in March. Red color denotes flows--the Mother's Day flows--erupted since May 12, 2002. Light orange color indicates episode-55 flows erupted between March 1997 and August 2002 (exclusive of Mother's Day flows). Darker orange represents MLK flows; yellow, PKK flow; purple, Puka Nui flow. Vents for these sets of flows shown by indicated symbols. Gray shows flows of earlier episodes.

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