Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - March 15, 2003

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Wilipe`a rope meets Ides of March

Tongue of flow has burned part of rope barrier

Tongue of Kohola flow has burned part of rope barrier established by national park to keep visitors off Wilipe`a lava delta (short distance left of view). Note loop of rope ash on flow surface. See first image of March 14 for overview of area just before flow surged seaward.

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Photo showing tan dust thrown

Photo showing tan dust thrown from narrow, preexisting crack during methane explosion 10 seconds after left image was taken. Explosion rolled across area, uplifting ground even under and across flow shown to left. Only fine sand-sized particles were emitted from cracks; no flames were seen, though flames came from cracks during later methane explosions in area.

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Lava actively advancing across downed rope barrier

Lava actively advancing across downed rope at site near where photographer is standing in upper left image. Looking east

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Toes of lava spilling from front of flow tongue moving under downed barrier rope

Toes of lava spilling from front of flow tongue moving under rope just west of image to left. Soon after this image was taken, heated rope collapsed onto flow; its sagging remnant is shown in next images.

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Rapidly inflating crust on flat ground

Lava moved swiftly from break in crust (near left side of image), crusted, and is now rapidly inflating on flat ground shown ahead of toes in upper right image.

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Lava spills from base of inflated to

Lava spills from base of inflated toe shown in left image. Camera location has changed slightly from that when left image was taken.

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Lava spilling from base of inflating toe has merged to form another toe

Same camera location and settings as used for upper right image but 45 seconds later, showing how lava spilling from base of inflating toe has merged to form another toe that is in turn inflating.

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Overview of lobe of flow created by toes

Overview of lobe of flow created by toes shown in preceding four images. Sagging rope just left of support is same as that shown in images above.

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View of sunrise over horizon

Temperature, warm; wind, calm; sea, smooth; sky, clear except for clouds on eastern horizon. View of sunrise from location of above images.

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View of sunrise over horizon

At 0725, park maintenance man cleaning restroom at end of road helped observer drive through road barricade. Observer said: "Beautiful morning, isn't it?" The response after a slight pause, "We're so lucky to be here, aren't we?" Enough said.

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March 15, 2003

Lava moves across rope

Broad toe of lava moves across rope that formed barrier for access to Wilipe`a lava delta.

March 15, 2003

Continued movement of lava across rope barrier

Continued movement of lava across rope barrier. Muffled sounds of a long-lasting, migrating methane explosion can be heard about two-thirds of the way through the clip, followed by a "Wow."

March 15, 2003

Lava breaks out of inflated toe

Lava breaks out of inflated toe and moves down moderate slope with rolling motion, top faster than bottom. See still images for this day; sagging rope gives scale.

Map shows lava flows erupted during the 1983
February 17, 2003

Map shows lava flows erupted during the 1983-February 17, 2003

Map shows lava flows erupted during the 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha. The most recent--and ongoing--activity has produced the lender, dark red flow along western edge of flow field. This flow entered the sea late on Valentine's Day to form the Kohola ocean entry. Lava is actively widening the flow on February 17, and the western arm is nearing the

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