Early morning view of lava fountain, Kīlauea Iki, Kīlauea, Hawai‘i

Early morning view of lava fountain, Kīlauea Iki, Kīlauea Volcano, ...

Detailed Description

Early in the morning of December 11, the lava fountain jetted straight up to heights of 180 to 300 m (590-985 ft). At 3:30 a.m., however, the fountain suddenly bent over to about 45 ° and sent a shower of spatter onto the opposite side of Kīlauea Iki (trees in foreground). Some pieces of spatter were 1 m in diameter. The bombardment of the north crater rim covered an area of about 0.4 hectare (1 acre) with spatter and completely denuded the lush forest. This was the only occasion during the entire eruption that lava landed in this area. The area was often crowded with visitors watching the activity, and it was indeed fortunate that the shower occurred so early in the morning.


Image Dimensions: 500 x 800

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