Hawaii Volcanoes Photo Gallery
Pu`u `O`o - Kupaianaha Eruption of Kilauea Volcano - April 3, 1992
Photograph by N. Banks, USGS
photo and caption credit
U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Lava pours from the base of spatter cones built atop the episode-51 fissure on the southwest flank of Pu`u `O`o (note slope in lower left). Episode 51 began earlier, on March 7, when a 35-m-long fissure opened above the episode 50 fissure. The new fissure quickly built a spatter rampart on the cone and added many new flows to the shield on the west flank of Pu`u `O`o. During March and April, several brief pauses in the supply of lava to the new fissure prevented flows from advancing more than about 1.5 km from the vent.