The rim of Halema‘uma‘u was covered in a nearly continuous blanket ...

The rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater was covered in a nearly continuous b...

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The rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater was covered in a nearly continuous blanket of tephra following today's early morning rockfall and subsequent explosive event. Tephra is the general term for volcanic rock fragments exploded or carried into the air during an eruption, and can range from dust-size particles to fragments more than 1 m (3.2 ft) in diameter. Two backpacks (in background), which belong to HVO scientists who briefly entered the area to collect tephra samples for laboratory analyses, provide scale for the fragments hurled onto the crater rim this morning.

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Image Dimensions: 1280 x 960

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