Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - May 30, 2003

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Potential and real destruction

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Incandescence in roof of Mother's Day lava tube near former Cookie Monster skylight indicates thinning and weakening that could lead to collapse to form new skylight. Disaster is waiting to happen for anyone venturing into this area.

(Credit: USGS, . Public domain.)

 

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Dark brown areas in left half of image indicate part of 4,000-acre burn that took place on May 28-29. View looks west from near Pu`u `O`o and shows Napau Crater in right center, with narrow, dark lava flow from January 30, 1997. Other bare areas are lava flows covered with fallout from Pu`u `O`o fountains in 1983-1986. Crack in lower right is down-dropped trough resembling Great Crack on Kilauea's southwest rift zone.

(Credit: USGS, . Public domain.)

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Standing dead trees surrounded by cooling lava that broke out of Mother's Day tube at 2400-foot elevation. This breakout started the large fire on May 28 that still continues.

(Credit: USGS, . Public domain.)

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Standing dead trees surrounded by cooling lava that broke out of Mother's Day tube at 2400-foot elevation. This breakout started the large fire on May 28 that still continues.

(Credit: USGS, . Public domain.)

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Map of lava-flow field, Kilauea Volcano
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Maps of lava-flow field, Kilauea Volcano

Map shows lava flows erupted during 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha. Red colors, both dark and light, denote Mother's Day flow, which began erupting on May 12, 2002 and continues to the present. The darkest color represents flows active since January 21, 2003.

Most recent--and ongoing--activity has produced two flows, one along western edge of flow

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