Volcanic ash covers Crater Rim Drive near Halema‘uma‘u

Volcanic ash covers Crater Rim Drive near Halema‘uma‘u Crater, Kīla...

Detailed Description

A small explosion in the early morning hours on April 16, 2008, from the new Halema‘uma‘u vent (below the white gas plume, left) blasted rock fragments less than 4 mm above the crater rim. Wind blew the ash plume southwest across Crater Rim Drive. Geologists' truck leaves tracks in the pale-red ash several millimeters thick on the roadway. The ash is mainly older lava fragments but contains some Pele's tears, hair, and tiny, hollow glass spheres.

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Image Dimensions: 2592 x 1944

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