Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - November 13, 2016

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Typical lava lake activity within Halema‘uma‘u

 

Typical lava lake activity within Halema‘uma‘u...

The level of the lava lake at the summit of Kīlauea has been high recently, providing good views of spattering from the Jaggar Museum visitor overlook in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This photo shows activity as viewed from the rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater (closed to the public since 2008 due to volcanic hazards). Spattering is common, and on Sunday (Nov. 13), was focused along the southeast margin of the lake, which is partially obscured by the crater wall.

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Foundering of the lava lake crust is common near the lake's margins...

Foundering of the lava lake crust is common near the lake's margins. The triangular-shaped slab of crust (left of photo's center) was sinking back into the lake as more fluid lava upwelled around it.

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