Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - March 20, 2003

Release Date:

Western end of Kohola flow

Tree at margin of sluggish, inflating  arm of flow.

`Ohi`a tree at margin of sluggish, inflating west arm of Kohola flow. String of incandescent spots in background, visible only in large view, defines active surface flow coming down Pulama pali along main path of Mother's Day flow.

(Credit: , . Public domain.)

 

Looking across inflating arm of flow

Looking across inflating west arm of Kohola flow to Pulama pali, where fume, some smoke, and incandescence (large view) come from long breakout in main Mother's Day flow spilling over top of pali and traveling almost to Paliuli (not shown).

(Credit: , . Public domain.)

Looking along margin flow, which spreads across sparsely vegetated surface.

Looking along margin of west arm of Kohola flow, which spreads across sparsely vegetated surface. In background is Pulama pali, where fume, some smoke, and incandescence (large view) come from long breakout in main Mother's Day flow spilling over top of pali and traveling almost to Paliuli (not shown). Lava in Kohola flow comes from tube within dark flow field visible in upper center of image below fuming flow.

(Credit: , . Public domain.)

Crust on inflating tongue of lava is cracking

Crust on inflating tongue of lava is cracking, and lava is just starting to well out. Note ash from burned grass littering crust; grass is burned at flow front and picked up as lava oozes from under the crust.

(Credit: , . Public domain.)

Head-on view of crust on inflating tongue of lava is cracking

Head-on view of same crack, 29 seconds later. 0617:46.

(Credit: , . Public domain.)

Broad view of inflating and cracking flow tongue

Broad view of inflating and cracking flow tongue 2.5 minutes later. Second crack is forming in crust of lava that oozed from first. 0620:16.

(Credit: , . Public domain.)