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VIDEO: Bulging crater on Hawaii volcano mesmerizing portent

July 12, 2011 Comments off

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This Quicktime movie shows a timelapse sequence taken from a thermal camera on the rim of Pu`u `Ō `ō crater.  The movie spans from May 26 to today and shows the rising level of the lava lake in the crater.   In the first part of the movie, covering most of June, the level of the lava lake rises primarily due to overflows building the steep levee walls higher.  In the last portion of the movie, from about July 1 to today, much of the rise of the lava lake has been due to uplift of the crater floor, carrying the lava lake upward.  This uplift has been especially pronounced over the past few days, shown by the final few moments of the movie.  The temperature scale is in degrees Celsius.This Quicktime movie shows a timelapse sequence taken from a thermal camera on the rim of Pu`u `Ō `ō crater. The movie spans from May 26 to today and shows the rising level of the lava lake in the crater. In the first part of the movie, covering most of June, the level of the lava lake rises primarily due to overflows building the steep levee walls higher. In the last portion of the movie, from about July 1 to today, much of the rise of the lava lake has been due to uplift of the crater floor, carrying the lava lake upward. This uplift has been especially pronounced over the past few days, shown by the final few moments of the movie. The temperature scale is in degrees Celsius.

Video courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The bulging Pu`u `Ō `ō crater on the east rift zone of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is putting on a show, and there is no telling what could be next.

This USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory video shows a timelapse sequence taken from a thermal camera on the rim of Pu`u `Ō `ō crater.

The movie spans from May 26 to today and shows the rising level of the lava lake in the crater.

Things appear to be going slow in the first part of the movie, which shows the eruption during the month of June. You can see the level of the lava lake rises primarily due to overflows building the steep levee walls higher.

Scientists say sources within Pu`u `O`o crater are feeding that lava lake.

But its in the last portion of the movie where things get really interesting. From Read more…

Kilauea crater lava lake grows

May 31, 2011 Comments off

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A raised lava lake, described by volcano scientists as looking “somewhat like an above-ground swimming pool,” has been building since lava returned to Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater in March, scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

The rim of the raised lava lake was about Read more…

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