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1 May 2002

Different perspectives of Pu`u `O`o

Aerial view of crater of Pu`u `O`o looking south, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Aerial view of Pu`u `O`o's crater looking west-southwest, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Looking south across Pu`u `O`o. The north side of the cone consists of oxidized spatter, cinder, and ash. Lava flows that spilled from the crater in the late 1990s coat the east rim of the crater. Lava lake erupted in April forms crater floor. Most fume comes from January 2002 vent; East Pond Vent evident near east end of crater. The high southwest rim is made of spatter and cinder, some agglutinated. In the distance is the fuming area of rootless shields. Right. Aerial oblique view looking west-southwest into crater. Thick fume comes from the January 2002 Cone. Nearer camera is the East Pond Vent with its incandescent core best seen in the large view.

2 May 2002

Odds 'n Ends around Pu`u `O`o

Telephoto of East Pond Vent in Pu`u `O`o's crater, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Young flows erupted from Puka Nui, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Spatter cone of the East Pond Vent dominates this telephoto view from east rim of crater. Fuming area farther left is the January 2002 vent. Behind and just right of East Pond Vent is Beehive Cone. Right. Aerial view showing dark pahoehoe and `a`a flows that spilled out of Puka Nui (collapsed area at southwest base of Pu`u `O`o in right background) on April 5-6. Several elongate collapse depressions show location of past lava tubes, now inactive. Orange discoloration indicates areas of chemical alteration caused by now-dead fumaroles.

7 May 2002

Park boundary flow

Head-on view of shiny active lava flows descending Pulama pali, along boundary of national park. The flows turn right (east) at base of pali, continue outside the park, and move along the edge of the Royal Gardens kipuka.

Shiny active flows on Pulama pali, Kilauea volcano, Hawai`i
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Lava flow moving along edge of Royal Gardens kipuka, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Lava moving through Royal Gardens kipuka, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Active flow at base of Pulama pali. Left. Flow is burning vegetation along the edge of the forested Royal Gardens kipuka. Right. Languid lava flow advancing along the edge of the kipuka.

9 May 2002

Flows near Royal Gardens

Aerial view showing locations of HALP and Boundary flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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HALP flow moving into Royal Gardens kipuka, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Overview of active part of flow field. Smoke in upper right comes from HALP flow burning forest in Royal Gardens kipuka. Wispy smoke in lower center comes from lava flow along the boundary of the national park and Royal Gardens subdivision. From there, light-hued flow lobes reach onto coastal flat from base of Pulama pali. Right. HALP flow moving into upper end of Royal Gardens kipuka. Older flows of the eruption make up the bare areas.
Pahoehoe lobe along margin of HALP flow, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Boundary flow neighboring Royal Gardens subdivision, Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i.
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Left. Small toe of pahoehoe, several tens of centimeters across, flows into small hole along the margin of the HALP flow. Right. Boundary flow on Pulama pali skirts edge of Royal Gardens subdivision and flows slowly onto coastal flat. Note the red-roofed house at the end of the east-west road.

Maps of lava-flow field, Kilauea Volcano

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. Flows in May (shown in red) 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. 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. The most recent ocean entries at East Kupapa`u and Kamoamoa stopped in mid January and late January respectively.

 


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