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Lava breakout from the PKK lava tube at East Lae‘apuki

(June 24, 2006, 19:00:53 to June 25, 2006, 01:00:55) After sunset on June 24, 2006, lava burst from the PKK lava tube about 50 meters inland from the older sea cliff bounding the inboard edge of the East Lae‘apuki lava delta. Lava reached the sea cliff and began cascading over it in less than a minute, and it spread quickly across the lava delta below. The cascade was mostly crusted over by late afternoon on June 25, but intermittent surges kept it alive until dawn on June 26, when the event appeared to have finally ended. This movie shows only the initial several hours of the breakout. The sea cliff at the cascade location was about 15 meters high. The images that make up this movie were acquired by a time-lapse camera positioned on the edge of the older sea cliff at the eastern end of the East Lae‘apuki lava delta. Movie Details: File size = 70.8 MB Image interval = 1 minute Playback speed = 10 frames/sec Movie duration = 00:00:36 Camera Coordinates (WGS84): Lat: 19.3133º Long: -155.0555º View direction = ~248º