Ash-rich plume rising from Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea 5 days after the f...

Ash-rich plume rising from Halema‘uma‘u Crater, Kīlauea Volcano 5 d...

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View of ash-rich plume rising from a new vent in Halema‘uma‘u Crater in Kīlauea Caldera 5 days after the first explosion from the vent occurred on March 19, 2008. The ash is turning the formerly white steam and gas plume a dusty-brown color. Note the ash fallout down-wind of the plume. Earlier in the day, geologists reported finding Pele's hair, Pele's tears, and spatter on the rim of Halema‘uma‘u, indicating that particles ejected overnight included molten lava. This is the first lava to erupt from the new vent, which is now 30-35 m (100 ft) wide. The largest fragments of spatter, or blobs of molten rock, found on the crater rim were 10 cm (4 inches) in size.


Image Dimensions: 3456 x 2304

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Location Taken: US