Current configuration of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

Current configuration of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater...

Detailed Description

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō has changed dramatically over the years. This map shows the configuration of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's current crater (outlined in yellow) and vents (marked in red). The base image is a mosaic created from photographs captured during a helicopter overflight on January 19, 2016. The current crater, with a maximum width of about 290 m (317 yd), is nested within a much larger crater that was present in early 2011. The current crater is about 20 m (66 ft) deep and has distinct embayments at its northeast, northwest, and south sides. These embayments were pits when the current crater formed in mid-2014. A short distance west of the current crater is a 50-m- (~165-ft-) wide pit, informallly called the West pit, that contains a 25-m- (~80-ft-) wide lava pond. The source of the currently active June 27th lava flow is a vent on the northeast flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, about 250 m (273 yd) downslope from the crater rim.


Image Dimensions: 3300 x 2550

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