Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - May 23, 2017

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61g flow is active at the Kamokuna ocean entry and at the base of the pali

 

61g flow is active at the Kamokuna ocean entry and at the base of t...

The lava delta at Kīlauea Volcano's Kamokuna ocean entry continues to grow. On May 23, activity was concentrated near the southeastern tip of the delta, creating a thick steam plume that afforded only occasional glimpses of lava entering the ocean. Small littoral bursts were common as molten lava interacted with the cool seawater. Many narrow cracks parallel to the sea cliff could be seen on the delta surface.

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A telephoto view of where the 61g lava tube exits the sea cliff. T...

A telephoto view of where the 61g lava tube exits the sea cliff. The upper portion of the firehose flow, visible from early January to late March 2017, is now crusted over, but lava within the tube continues to feed the growing lava delta.

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Zooming in even closer, the top of the crusted-over firehose flow c...

Zooming in even closer, the top of the crusted-over firehose flow can be seen. Cracks in the hardened tube surface reveal incandescent lava flowing though the tube. Fume from the degassing lava also escapes through these cracks.

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The March 5 breakout of the 61g flow is producing active surface fl...

The March 5 breakout of the 61g flow is producing active surface flows on and at the base of the pali (cliff). The slow-moving pāhoehoe flow front (foreground) was approximately 400 meters (yards) beyond the base of the pali on the afternoon of May 23. An ‘A‘ā channel (center) made its way down the pali, along with other small breakouts and channels of ‘A‘ā and pāhoehoe scattered to the west of the main 61g lava tube (visible degassing at upper right).

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