Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - October 22, 2012

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Continued high levels in Halema‘uma‘u

 

Continued high levels in Halema‘uma‘u...

Vigorous spattering was present this evening along the western margin of the summit lava lake. Occasional bursts, like the one shown here, appeared to send tiny bits of spatter up to the level of the floor of Halema‘uma‘u crater.

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Sunset view of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater about 33 m (110...

The lava lake fills Overlook crater, about 160 m (525 ft) across, contained within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. The walls of Halema‘uma‘u Crater show white in the middle distance, while the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and NPS Jaggar Museum, perched on the edge of Kīlauea Caldera, are visible as a small bump on the horizon.

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Sunset, with the vigorous spattering source on the west margin of t...

Sunset, with the vigorous spattering source on the west margin of the lake visible.

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Incandescent lines mark the boundaries between migrating crustal pl...

Incandescent lines mark the boundaries between migrating crustal plates on the surface of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater. Here, and at other lava lakes across the world, these rifting zones have a characteristic zigzag pattern.

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This Quicktime movie shows a time-lapse sequence of the lava lake captured by a thermal camera on the rim of Halema‘uma‘u crater. The sequence is shown at a speed of about 30 times actual. By viewing the sequence at this speed, spotting the upwelling area in the lake is easier than in a still photograph.

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