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Vigorous tephra jet after delta collapse, Kilauea Volcano
Photograph by T.N. Mattox on November 30, 1993
The most energetic and dangerous tephra jets occur immediately following the collapse of a lava delta's leading edge. Jets of spatter and cooled lava fragments can reach more than 40 m in height.



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