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7 July 2008

Lava fountain arch at rootless shield 3

Quicktime movie (9.6 Mb) showing the fountaining on shield 3.
Quicktime movie (9.6 Mb) showing the fountaining on shield 3.


Left. Lava continues to gush from the upper TEB tube. Rootless shield 3, at center frame hosted a small lava fountain that fed several streams of lava. Pu`u `Ō `ō continued to fume heavily in the background, with the plume from Halema`uma`u, at Kilauea's summit, in the distance beyond. Right. The breakout on shield 3 was actually comprised of three separate breakout points, as seen in this photo.


Left. The lava fountain on shield 3 was 12-15 m high. Right. What is not obvious in the photos is that the fountain was creating an arch. Though fumey, the arch can be made out in this photo. Lava is fountaining from the base of the rampart on the right, and landing in front of the rampart on the left.


Left. The `a`a flow active over the weekend on the west side of the flow field in Royal Gardens came within 50-70 m of the structure in the photo. Fires sparked by the lava came even closer---within a few meters. Right. The large breakouts upslope robbed most of the lava supply to the lower part of the tube system. Moving lava was still visible in skylights and a few tiny lava streams continued to reach the ocean at the Waikupanaha entry.

Photos Courtesy USGS

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