Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - March 5, 2011

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Photos of an ash cloud rising from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō as crater floor collapses, the collapsing crater, and erupting fissures. Video clips of the fissure eruption between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau Crater.

Ash cloud rising from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō as crater floor collapses

Ash cloud rising from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō as crater floor collapses...

Ash cloud rising from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō as crater floor collapses due to magma withdrawal. Incandescent rubble can be seen crumbling and rolling down the scarp. The east rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō is in the foreground.

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Close-up of spattering fissure. Lava reaching 10 m into the air....

Close-up of spattering fissure. Lava reaching 10 m into the air.

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View looking along recently opened fissure segment crossing tephra ...

View looking along recently opened fissure segment crossing tephra flats SW of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, which is in the background.

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View along fissure looking NE toward Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō shrouded in clouds i...

View along fissure looking NE toward Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō shrouded in clouds in the background. Fissure segment in forest has shut down.

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View toward the SW of fissure eruption. Fissure segment in forest h...

View toward the SW of fissure eruption. Fissure segment in forest has shut down. Compare to earlier photos before fissure opened up in tephra.

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Incandescent rubble rolling and sliding down the scarp on the edge ...

Incandescent rubble rolling and sliding down the scarp on the edge of the collapsing crater in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. A remnant of the pre-collapse crater floor can be seen in the background below the crater's south wall. The east rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō is in the foreground.

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Video clips of the fissure eruption between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau Crater

Video clip shot from the air looking SW at the fissure eruption between Pu'u 'O 'o and Napau Crater. The fissure segment in the tephra in the foreground opened seconds earlier, and only about 10 minutes after the eruption as a whole started. The cracks through the tephra are in the process of opening, though this can't be picked out at this distance.

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Video clip shot in front of the propagating fissure, showing low spattering that started moments earlier. Thick white steam from the crack in the foreground indicates that lava is about to reach the surface, and is seen doing so seconds later.

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Spattering near the front of the propagating fissure.

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New fissure eruption SW of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau crater.

New fissure eruption SW of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

New fissure eruption SW of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau crater. Spatter is reaching 15-20 m into the air, above the trees. Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō in the background.

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New fissure eruption SW of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

New fissure eruption SW of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau crater. Spatter is reaching 15-20 m into the air, above the trees.

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View to the SW at the new fissure eruption between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nā...

View to the SW at the new fissure eruption between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau. Cracks in the foreground could be seen opening as photo was being taken.

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Close-up of recently opened fissure segment. Spatter reaching about...

Close-up of recently opened fissure segment. Spatter reaching about 5 m into the air.

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Fissures actively propagating during Kamoamoa eruption, Kīlauea, Ha...

View looking at the NE end of the actively propagating fissure. Lava is just breaking the surface in foreground crack.

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Close-up of just-opened fissure segment at NE tip of propagating fi...

Close-up of just-opened fissure segment at NE tip of propagating fissure. Spatter reaching 5 m into the air.

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