Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - November 30, 2005

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East Lae`apuki after delta collapse

This is a photo of embayment left after destruction of east Lae`apuki lava delta on November 28.

View of embayment left after destruction of east Lae`apuki lava delta on November 28. Lava drops onto newly forming delta at base of sea cliff, which retreated 50 m during the delta collapse. The cliff is about 30 m high.

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This is a photo of a growing delta at base of lava falls.

Closer view from similar location as to left, showing thick, growing delta at base of lava falls.

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This is a photo of gracefully falling lava from tube that feeds East Lae`apuki area.

Gracefully falling lava from tube that feeds East Lae`apuki area. Yesterday this was an arching "fire hose", but now the stream moves across new rock build out from the sea cliff.

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This is a photo of a base of lava falls splashing onto, and streaming down, a growing delta.

Base of lava falls splashing onto, and streaming down, the growing delta.

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This is a photo of northeast at base of lava falls crashing onto a new delta.

Looking northeast at base of lava falls crashing onto new delta. Note steam rising from hot sea water.

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This is a photo of surface of lava flow inland of old sea cliff covered with material exploded out during collapse of a delta.

Once free of debris, surface of lava flow inland of old sea cliff is covered with material exploded out during collapse of the delta. The explosions take place when sea water was trapped by lava or hot rock, flashed to steam, and instantly expanded, throwing out pieces of rock, walls of bubbles in lava (limu o Pele), and some spatter.

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Map of flows from Pu`u `O`o: 19 December 2005

This is a map of flows from Pu`u `O`o from December 19, 2005.

Map shows lava flows erupted during 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha.

Yellow, brown, and red colors indicate lava flows erupted from October 2003 to December 16, 2005. Yellow indicates the currently active Kuhio (PKK) flow, active most of the time from March 20, 2004 to the present. The east and west arms of the PKK flow, once widely separated, began to merge and overlap on the coastal flat in March 2005. The east arm feeds the East Lae`apuki ocean entry. Activity on the west arm declined through mid-August, and the last surface flow on that arm was observed on August 21. The recent (November-December 2005) breakouts on Pulama pali described as "eastern" and "western" are all on the east arm of the PKK flow.

The brown shade denotes Martin Luther King (MLK ) flows, which first erupted in January 2004 from flank vents on the south slope of Pu`u `O`o. Since then, several more vents have formed in the MLK area and continue to erupt intermittently.

Red indicates the Mother's Day and Banana flows, last active in September 2004. Short flows from the crater, West Gap, and Puka Nui vents are also shown in red. In recent months, only the Puka Nui vent has produced infrequent, small flows.

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Map of Pu`u `O`o and vicinity: 19 December 2005

This is a map of Pu`u `O`o and vicinity from December 19, 2005.

Map shows vents, lava flows, and other features near Pu`u `O`o frequently referred to in updates. These features can change quickly, but this map should help those viewers lost in the terminology. The vents, lava tubes, and flows active in 2005 include the numbered vents in the crater, the MLK vent complex and associated flows, the Puka Nui vent, and the upper Kuhio (PKK) tube, which feeds the lava flows eventually reaching the ocean.

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