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Recent Images of Kilauea's Eruption


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Thin pahoehoe flow on flank of perched pond, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Nov. 18, 1999
Slow-moving pahoehoe flow (shiny surface) on the eastern flank of one of the perched ponds. Pu`u `O`o cone is in the distance.

Aerial view of the lava-flow field above the Pulama pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Nov. 18, 1999
This aerial view of the broad lava-flow field is looking toward southeast; note shoreline of Kilauea Volcano 8 km in distance. Lava oozing from the perched ponds fed two main flows on the east (left) and west (right) side of the flow field. A new `a`a flow that was active earlier in the week is visible in the upper left. These features are labeled on the large image.

Lava breakout from skylight above the Pulama pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Nov. 4, 1999
Aerial view of a skylight (orange glow) and a recent pahoehoe flow (shiny surface around skylight) that poured from the lava tube. The lava tube continues toward the trees in the distance to where additional breakouts fed surface flows that poured down the pali. This view is toward the southeast; note shoreline of Kilauea Volcano in distance.

Lava channel on the Pulama pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Nov. 4, 1999
Aerial view of a channeled `a`a flow midway down the pali between 1200-1000 ft. elevation. Heat from the flow is burning trees along the edge of the kipuka. The leading edge of the `a`a flow is the bright orange area left of center.

Lava channel on the Pulama pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Oct. 28, 1999
Lava pours through the tube on its way toward the Pulama pali; this skylight is the same one shown in the photograph above on November 4. The lava is pouring over a "falls" at the upper end of the tube, and scientists observed changing levels of lava in the tube during much of the day.

Lava channels on the Pulama pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Oct. 25, 1999
Close view of lava channels at the 180-m (600 ft) elevation on Pulama pali. The channels are about 3.5 km from the ocean.

 

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Updated: 19 November 1999