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11 June 2002

Cascades down Paliuli

Head-on view of cascades on Paliuli in Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Lava flowing down Paliuli, Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Head-on aerial view at 0700 of Mother's Day flow plunging down Paliuli. Width of cascading flow is 150-200 m. Activity has somewhat diminished from that 2 hours earlier. Right. Ground view of lava streaming down Paliuli at 0715. The new flow covers the route of the Kalapana Trail up Paliuli.
Early morning view of cascades on Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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View at 0445 of Mother's Day flow cascading down Paliuli. View is from near the end of Chain of Craters Road. Eleven separate streams pour down the pali, ten clustered together and one outlier to the left (west, middle of view). Mist creates glow halo over the incandescent cascades.
 

14 June 2002

HALP and Mother's Day flows

Aerial view of Mother's Day flow and Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Lava flowing in single cascade down Paliuli, Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Aerial view of Mother's Day flow moving toward, down, and away from Pailuli, the cliff in middle of view. Darker flows were mainly emplaced in 1995. Dark swath near left edge of view is fire line to contain grass fires started by the flow. Right. Twilight view of single stream flowing down Paliuli, viewed from end of new visitor trail from end of Chain of Craters Road. As darkness fell, hundred of incandescent spots and patches appeared in this view.
Inflation breakouts in flow at base of Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Lava oozing from around edges of uplifted slab of crust along edge of Mother's Day flow below Paliuli.

HALP flow in Royal Gardens from air, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Aerial view looking up Royal Gardens, showing narrow HALP flow (center) and smoke from fire higher in the flow. The flow has just passed Pikake Street on its way to Plumeria. Prince Street is west (left) of flow, and Royal, east. Larger `a`a flow near right edge of photo erupted in 1983-1984. Pu`u `O`o is in upper left.
 

21 June 2002

HALP flow and new west arm of Mother's Day flow

Halp flow in Royal Gardens between Royal and Prince Streets, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Smoking tree along edge of HALP flow above Royal Gardens, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Inactive front of HALP flow in Royal Gardens. The flow has crossed Pikake Street headed toward Plumeria. Street just west (left) of flow is Prince. Royal bounds flow on east. Smoke in upper center comes from active part of HALP flow in forest. Right. Smoking tree along edge of HALP flow above Royal Gardens. Note the tangle of fallen trees on the flow surface--typical of the margin of a flow in forest.
Two west arms of Mother's Day flow below Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Shiny Mother's Day flow above, on, and below Paliuli, which is the pali in center of image. Steep slope in upper part of image is Pulama pali. Pu`u `O`o is in far background above Pulama pali. Note the two west arms of the flow below Paliuli. The larger, older one ends about 600 m from Chain of Craters Road; it is currently stagnant. The smaller, younger arm is advancing and may eventually overrun the older arm. Compare with image below taken on June 14.

22 June 2002

Mother's Day flow around dawn

Trickles down Paliuli before dawn, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Trickles down Paliuli near dawn, Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Dribbles, trickles, and a couple of small cascades on Paliuli between 0518 and 0530. Flow between camera and pali is inflating, as is the flow the camera is on. Tinkling sounds like breaking glass accompanied sporadic incandescent rock falls from the active streams.
Slowly advancing pahoehoe lobe, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Slowly advancing pahoehoe and bordering fire, Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Thin, slowly advancing pahoehoe lobe in western arm of Mother's Day flow below Paliuli, 0555. Note the small grass fire at the margin of the lobe.
Spill from inflating toe in Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Lava puddling below small breakout, Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Small breakouts from western arm of Mother's Day flow at 0600-0601. In both views, lava flows out from beneath crust and moves away from camera.
Complex breakout wending its way toward camera, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Complex breakout from near top of view makes its way toward camera, partly on the surface and partly under crust. Near the tip of the western arm of the Mother's Day flow at 0602.
 

23 June 2002

Front of Mother's Day flow

Slowly advancing front of Mother's Day flow on flat between Paliuli and road, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Slowly advancing front of Mother's Day flow on flat between Paliuli and road, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Two views of front of western arm of Mother's Day flow between Paliuli and the Chain of Craters Road. Left, telephoto at 0517. Right, wide-angle at 0518. The lighted `ohi`a tree was still standing at 0530, when the premises were vacated. In large view, note the incandescent patches on Pulama pali and on the slope between it and Paliuli.

25 June 2002

Enjoying the early morning at tip of Mother's Day flow

Moon over end of west arm of Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Moon over Mother's Day flow on coastal flat, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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End of west arm of Mother's Day flow on coastal flat 450 m inland from Chain of Craters Road. Predawn views show burning grass and `ohi`a as well as breakouts of lava from the flow. The Strawberry Moon, full yesterday, lights the scene from above between 0517 and 0527, just before daybreak.
Spreading west arm of Mother's Day flow on coastal flat, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Spreading west arm of Mother's Day flow on coastal flat, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Two views of spreading, slowly advancing front of Mother's Day flow in same area as shown above. It is getting lighter now, at 0532-0539, and details of the surrounding grassland can be discerned.
Curling toe of lava from Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Curling toe of lava spills from its cocoon of crust before cooling and solidifying, ending its journey as liquid from at least 60 km below the surface. It will never see the Chain of Craters Road. Toe is about 1 m across.

28 June 2002

Paliuli area and East Pond Vent

Mother's Day flow below Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
East side of Mother's Day flow on Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Looking north across Mother's Day flow below Paliuli, the dark cliff extending across view. Smoke comes from small fire along flow near base of Pulama pali. The southwest tip of the flow, off the view to left, reaches to 430 m of the Chain of Craters Road but is stagnant. Images taken on June 30 are from directly below where the flow descends Paliuli. This part of the flow became very active after this image was taken. Right. Close-in view of east side of cascade area on Paliuli. Only one narrow stream is visible in image.
Looking down into seething lava within cone at East Pond Vent, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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In Pu`u `O`o's crater, several vents are incandescent. This one is at the East Pond Vent, where the top of a spatter cone has collapsed to give a nearly vertical view of seething lava below. The hole is several meters wide, and the lava is 5-10 m below the crater floor at the base of the cone.
 

30 June 2002

Paliuli cascades and trickles feeding inflating flow

Paliuli trickles behind small oozing flow, before dawn, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Pele's bottom ooze out in Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Cascades and trickles form backdrop for slowly oozing flow around 0515 on World Cup Sunday. The cascades are 25-30 m high. Imagination suggests Pele's bottom in right image.
Cascades and trickles on Paliuli, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
Cascades and trickles on Paliuli, Mother's Day flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Predawn light provides more views of Paliuli and the languid advance of the east side of the Mother's Day flow. See first image in June 28 set below for area of these images.

Map of flows from Pu`u `O`o: 21 May 2002

Map of lava flows on south coastal part of Kilauea Volcano as of 21 May 2002

Map shows lava flows erupted during the 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha (see large map). The flows between January and April 2002 were fed by several rootless shields located directly above the lava tube at elevations between 2,200 and 2,050 feet. Active flows in late May (shown in red; still active on June 10) originate from two sources, the area of the rootless shields and an area just southwest of Pu`u `O`o. The two flows from the rootless shields are the Boundary flow, along the edge of the national park, and the HALP flow, which is approaching the uppermost part of Royal Gardens subdivision on May 21 (and has reached far into the subdivision in early June).. The HALP flow entered the subdivision during the night of May 22-23. From near Pu`u `O`o, the Mother's Day flow passes along the west side of the flow field and into the forest. By June 10, it had reached the base of Paliuli, the steep slope below Pulama pali. The most recent ocean entries at East Kupapa`u and Kamoamoa stopped in mid January and late January respectively.

 


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