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The Kilauea Kamoamoa Fissure Eruption

Kilauea

(image credit: USGS, Story from MSNBC)

Kamoamoa, which cracked open Saturday, is continuing to spew out loads of lava and gases. Meanwhile, visitors flock to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the 2,000-degree Fahrenheit (1,093-degree Celsius) glowing, red-orange lava that is shooting 65 feet (20 meters) high. But visitors are being kept far away from the isolated, remote east zone rift where the eruption is taking place.


March 5, 2011. View looking at the NE end of the actively propagating fissure located between Pu`u `Ō `ō and Napau. Lava is just breaking the surface in foreground crack.

March 5, 2011. View looking at the NE end of the actively propagating fissure located between Pu`u `Ō `ō and Napau.  Lava is just breaking the surface in foreground crack.  (Image and Caption from the HVO)