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Pu`u `O`o - Kupaianaha Eruption of Kilauea Volcano - September 30, 2001

Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano
Photographs by USGS
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U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

The new ocean entry started on the night of September 28-29 near Kamoamoa. These views were taken just after dawn on September 30. Top: View looking east, into morning sky, at 0559. Note the bench that is actively building out from the base of the 10-m-high sea cliff. Note also the section of cliff behind the bench readying itself for a tumble. Middle: View looking down onto the bench at 0607. Note the many different breakouts, the one near the bottom edge falling directly into the water. Steam rises from heated sea spray. Bottom: Looking west showing small cascade in background and larger one in foreground that began only 2 minutes earlier. Note the grotto behind yesterday's lava drapery, lighted by the glow of the lava.

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