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Time-Lapse From Thermal Camera at Pu`u `Ō`ō

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Detailed Description

This Quicktime movie shows a timelapse sequence taken from a thermal camera on the south rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, beginning just before noon on August 3. Just after 2pm, the lava lake and surrounding floor abruptly drop. As the lava lake drops, solidified portions of the crater floor slide into the fluid lava. By the end of the sequence, the floor of the crater is composed of only hot rubble and inclined blocks of the pre-existing crater floor. The temperature scale is degrees Celsius.




Public Domain.