Lava cascades into east crater of Kīlauea Iki, Kīlauea Vol, Hawai‘i

Lava cascades into east crater of Kīlauea Iki, Kīlauea Volcano, Haw...

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About 300 m (985 ft) from the single erupting vent, the lava channel spilled down the wall of the larger and deeper east crater (slope about 30º) to form a series of lava rapids. The lava rapids were described as "a bright orange, incandescent, twisting ribbon that made a slurred gurgling sound as it glided past. At the bottom of the cascade a stationary wave of lava, similar in appearance to a standing water wave in rapids, crested 1 m (3 ft) above the level of the stream just before it widened into a sluggish river and disappeared beneath the frozen crust of the lake." Just after this photograph was taken (1400 hrs), the photographer and his colleague had to beat a hasty retreat when the lava fountain at the vent increased suddenly and sent a "flood of lava" down the rapids. The surge carried automobile-sized blocks of semi-solid incandescent lava down the overflowing channel and into the rising lake!


Image Dimensions: 800 x 500

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