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Lava pours from base of lava fountain across lava lake, Kilauea Iki Crater
Photograph by J.P. Eaton at 3:45 a.m. on December 19, 1959

Great quantities of lava pour from the base of a 480-m-tall fountain about 65 minutes after the start of episode 16. Lava discharge at this time was about 1.3 million m3/hr, which sent lava over the entire lake by 4:05 a.m.

The lava fountain illuminates the top of Pu`u Pua`i, which is about half as high as the fountain. The arcuate pattern of glow just below the summit of the cone is the headwall scarp of a slide that plunged into the vent area.

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