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Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - January 6, 2011

January 6, 2011

The Kīlauea Photo and Video Chronology features photographs and videos from field investigations plus webcam imagery of notable events. The Jan. 6, 2011, post includes spectacular views of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater and the erupting spatter cone as well as composite images showing eastern and western lobes that are active on the coastal plain.

Spectacular views of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater and the erupting spatter cone

Near-vertical view down into the Overlook vent collapse crater. The partly destroyed visitor overlook is at lower right. The gray surface of the lava lake at the bottom of the pit is faintly visible through fume. North is toward the top of the photo.
View toward the southeast of lava erupting from a spatter cone on the northeast part of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater floor. The Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Webcam is visible on the rim of the crater near the bottom of the photo.


Another view of the erupting spatter cone in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, this one looking toward the west.
A third view of the erupting spatter cone, from the south.
A new ocean entry started overnight, fed by a western branch of the active flow. The light gray-colored new flow shows up well in the cloud shadow at left edge of the photo. An eastern branch of the flow continues to advance slowly toward Kalapana Gardens, which is visible at the upper right. The eastern flow branch is visible as a slightly lighter gray within the broader flow field, its terminus about even with the vertical center line of the photo just above the heart-shaped forested kipuka.

Composite images showing eastern and western lobes that are active on the coastal plain

This composite image combines a thermal image with a normal photograph of the coastal plain and pali. The active flow field is split into several lobes, and this image shows the eastern lobe that has been approaching Kalapana Gardens subdivision. Active lava has reached the end of the paved access road, where the County lava viewing area is.
This composite image shows the west lobes that are active on the coastal plain. The east lobe, shown in the other composite image, extends of view to the right. Like the other composite image shown today, hot colors (yellow, white) show active areas of the flow field, while the cooler colors (red, purple) show recent but inactive flows. The west lobes were very active today. One of these western lobes reached the ocean over the past day, creating a new ocean entry. A close-up of the breakout point in the previous image.

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