New 3D Model of the Drained Crater at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

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During an overflight on May 11, we collected thermal images of the crater at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and created an updated 3D model of the crater geometry. The collapse on April 30 produced a large cavity, with the deepest point roughly 350 m (1150 feet) below the crater rim.


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Length: 00:00:41

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


11 May 2018 - Kīlauea Volcano

U.S. Geologicaly Survey - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

On April 30, the creater floor at Pu`u `Ō`ō collapsed as magma drained to the east along the East Rift Zone. The collapse left a large cavity that was flare shape in the upper portion, and then narrowed to a circular shaft in the lower potion. Rubble appeared to fill the bottom of the shaft. The deepest part of the crater is now 350 m (1150 feet) below the crater rim.