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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater lava flow

(March 2, 2004, 11:48:17 to 23:08:42) Late 2003 through early 2004 marked a period of heightened eruptive activity at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō (Miklius and others, 2006) on Kīlauea Volcano's east rift zone, with lava frequently spilling from vents within the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. This time-lapse movie, captured by a Webcam located on the northern rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, shows lava erupting from a spatter cone on the southwestern side of the crater floor on March 2, 2004. The vent is about 275 meters from the camera. While most of the erupted lava accumulated below the northern crater wall, as can be seen here, some also poured out of the crater through the West gap—the low area on the right-hand side of the movie—and sent a short lava flow down Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's northwestern flank. The images that make up this movie were captured as a series of three adjacent images spanning the width of the crater with a repeat interval of 1 minute. It took about 20 seconds for the Webcam to acquire the three images. For this movie, only the middle and right-hand images were used. The time stamp shown on each frame is based on the timing of the right-hand image. Movie Details: File size = 88.9 MB Image interval = ~45 seconds Playback speed = 15 frames/sec Movie duration = 00:00:59 Camera Coordinates (WGS84): Lat: 19.3901º Long: -155.1064º View direction = ~186º