Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - September 21, 2011

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A new fissure opened and began erupting on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater.

A new fissure opened and began erupting on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater

A new fissure opened and began erupting on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘...

A new fissure opened and began erupting on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō early this morning, feeding channelized ‘A‘ā flow. The fissure—the source of the lava flow—is shown in this image. Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone and crater is in the background. View is to the southwest

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Close-up aerial view of the head of the erupting fissure. The edge ...

Close-up aerial view of the head of the erupting fissure. The edge of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater is at lower right. View is to the east.

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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone, and the erupting fissure, is just to the left of to...

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone, and the erupting fissure, is just to the left of top center. The channelized flow initially heads east-northeast, then turns to the southeast. The front of the flow is at the bottom of the image, where it is advancing as an ‘A‘ā flow.

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View looking east-northeast, directly down the upper end of the fis...

View looking east-northeast, directly down the upper end of the fissure. The fuming cones in the foreground are parts of the fissure that erupted when the fissure opened but have since shut down. The spatter beyond, where the fissure is still erupting, is reaching about 2 m (7 ft) into the air. The lava channel is visible in the background.

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This view is to the east, looking at the western-most erupting part...

This view is to the east, looking at the western-most erupting part of the fissure. This lava joins with lava erupting from the fissure out of sight below and feeds into the channelized flow visible crossing the through the background of the photo.

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