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Halema‘uma‘u Crater and Rock Fall Plume

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This image of a dusty plume produced by rocks collapsing from the wall of the eruptive vent within Kīlauea Volcano’s Halema‘uma‘u Crater was captured by a USGS time-lapse camera on December 21, 2011.  Vigorous spattering on the lava lake deep within the vent created the orange glow visible at the base of the plume.   



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