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Lava flowing into Halema‘uma‘u from multiple channels 12/28/2020

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Lava flowing from the western fissure vent feeds multiple channels. This video was taken by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's geology field team on December 28, 2020, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The team is located at an observation point on the rim of Halema‘uma‘u crater, and is using a telephoto lens to document fissure behavior. During the three-hour period, the field team observed activity at the western fissure vent diminishing in the channel on the right. The channel narrows and the flow becoming more sluggish, pulsing at times. Activity picks up slightly in the lava channel on the left, which is partially covered by a lava roof. During the video, a small whirlpool is visible at the base of the lava channels, in the lava lake. The three-hour video was sped up to play for a duration of 20 seconds.




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