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23 February 2001

Pahoehoe toe breaking out of crust, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Toe overriding slab of crust, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Life and lava on the coastal flat. Left: HVO volunteers enjoying an enjoyable pahoehoe flow below Royal Gardens. Note that the volunteers are dressed appropriately--long pants and boots, not shorts or slippers. Right: Ferns (lower left) growing on a young flow but endangered by an active one. A minute or two later, the ferns were history.

Languidly moving pahoehoe breakout advancing along the side of a tumulus, with human scale beyond.

Toe nears loose rock on ledge, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Curving lava stream, coming from beneath crust in lower left and turning to the left away from camera. Note how the crust is forming on the lava as it moves away from the breakout point.

Toe edges against loose rock on ledge, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Pahoehoe toe breaking out of crust, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Toe overriding slab of crust, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Destruction on the coastal flat. Left: Abandoned house destroyed in past day or two by the active lava flow on the coastal flat in Royal Gardens. Note the scorched trees. Right: Rusty top of long-abandoned car engulfed by the flow that destroyed the house in the background.

Map of flows from Pu`u `O`o to the ocean: January 2001

Map of lava flows on south coastal part of Kilauea Volcano as of January 2001

Large map Map shows lava flows (red) active from mid-December 2000 through 23 January 2001 above and on Pulama pali and on the coastal plain. Flows re-entered the sea just west of Kamokuna on January 21, 2001. Most of the recent flows are fed from the 1920-foot breakout point, at the northwest tip of the large red area. The east arm of the 1920 breakout is the narrow sliver headed south on the pali. The eastern branch of the main flow points east at the base of the pali, invading lower Royal Gardens. The western branch is the one entering the ocean. Note flows erupted earlier from Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha.


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Updated: 15 March 2001 (DAS)