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5 September 2000

Aerial view of surface flows above pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
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Close view of pahoehoe lava, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
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Left: Pahoehoe flows (silver) from the breakout point at 2300-foot elevation spread across old `a`a flows (tan) and recent `a`a flows (black) along the east side of the episode 55 flow field. View looks north toward breakout point, with low flank of Pu`u `O`o behind. Right: Pahoehoe toe along the east edge of the flow field, moving into a small opening in an older pahoehoe flow; note the ferns on the roof of the opening.

Skylight above pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Skylight at the 2275-foot elevation just below the breakout point. Lava is pouring through a new tube that formed in the pahoehoe flow that emerged from the well-established tube system beginning on August 12-13.

8 September 2000

Channelized lava above pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
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Lava surge in channel above pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
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Channelized lava above pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Views of the lava channel above the pali at about the 1200-foot elevation late this afternoon. The advancing flow reoccupied a pre-existing channel in a 1985 `a`a flow, allowing it to reach the base of the pali quickly. Lava was frequently observed surging over the channel margins; such sudden surges can be dangerous to people near the channels. 

View of `a`a flow pouring down pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Lava began pouring down the pali early last night and had reached the base of the pali by this morning. The lava moved down an old (1985) tongue of `a`a--the west edge of southernmost gray flow in the map below. This is directly downslope from a tiny finger erupted earlier this year as the eastern branch of the Smoke flow. The red lava flow can be seen in the larger images in this distant view from the end of the Chain of Craters Road.

15 September 2000

Aerial view of pali and flow field, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Aerial view of Pulma pali and an active pahoehoe flow on the coastal plain; Pu`u `O`o (upper left) is about 10 km in distance. The leading edge of the flow stagnated during the afternoon about 870 m from the coast (out of view). On the pali, the main channel has remained on top of a 1985 `a`a flow for the past week (see photo). 

25 September 2000

Recent entry of lava into the ocean, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
The most recent entry of lava into the ocean is slightly west of the previous Kamokuna entry.  This new entry is putting out a small plume and building a long narrow bench.  About 270 meters of coastline are involved in the latest entry.  The new bench is approximately 30 meters wide.   

Map of flows from Pu`u `O`o to the ocean; September 2000

Map of lava flows on south coastal part of Kilauea Volcano as of September 2000

Large map. Map shows lava flows (red) active in September 2000 above and on Pulama pali and on the coastal plain, as well as flows erupted earlier from Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha. The eastern part of the active flow field (orange) extended to the Royal Gardens private access road on January 11 and entered the sea near Waha`ula on February 3-14, 2000. That flow stopped in  mid-August. A new flow (red) descended  Pulama pali and crossed the coastal plain in September, and lava is now entering the sea at Kamokuna, an area about 1.5 km west-southwest of Waha`ula. 


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Updated: 16 October 2000 (JNA)