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Tephra jet explosion at night on lava delta, Kilauea Volcano
Photograph by C.R. Thornber on January 28, 1996
Lava fragments explode onto the sides of a littoral cone on the south coast of Kilauea Volcano as lava pours into the sea from a lava tube. Littoral cones rarely reached heights of more than 2 to 4 m between 1986 and 1997 because the cones frequently collapsed into the sea and the location of entry points often did not stay at a single location for more than several days to a few weeks.




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