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- Strong activity at Kilauea volcano in Feb. 2005 / impressions from the VolcanoDiscovery expeditions in Feb. 2005 -
Lava Sea Entry

8 Feb. 2005: first impressions

  Lava falls at night from the Kalapana entry.

During early Feb. 2005, two lava sea entry points were active: on the left photo, the weaker W Highcastle entry is in the middle ground, with a temporary black sand beach in the foreground. The vigorous steam plume generated by the more active Ka`ili`ili entry is in the far background.

14 & 20 Feb. 2005: vigorous Kalapana sea entry and a bright moon

The Ka`ili`ili entry on the 14 of Feb. Note the floating but still glowing blocks of lava in the waves on the left photo.
Bright glow from the Ka`ili`ili entry (consisting of 3 separate branches of the lava tube, corresponding to 3 clusters of individual entry points) in full moonlight; r: VolcanoDiscovery "group photo" 18 Feb.

Phil taking videos of the S-most flow entering the sea at the Ka`ili`ili entry.

18 February 2005: steam explosions at the lava sea entry

What a nice farewell to the 13-18 expedition group! - After a small bench collapse, just seconds after Thomas opened a fine bottle of wine, offering first to Pele, a series of strong littoral explosions (explosive interaction of sea water trapped inside the lava tube just at around sea level) happened before our eyes...! 

20 February 2005: ocean entry close up

Rivers of lava leaving the lava tube at a young small bench of new land, at the Ka`ili`ili entry; the steam in the background of the photos is right at sea level; with every larger wave, parts of these flows were covered by water, generating a blinding cloud of hot steam. Note that it is not safe at all to take such photos... and it should not be regarded at an encouragement to approach an active bench (serious danger of collapse; note the fractures in the ground on the left photo below!).



13-20 Feb. 2005: Ka`ili`ili lava sea entry and various photos

Steaming, hot block of lava quenched by sea water. Phil and Pam (20 Feb.). Steam cloud from the ocean entry at sunset (14 Feb.)

Many blocks of lava float for a few seconds, due to their light density (lava can contain many bubbles), but mainly due to the heavy generation of steam when hot lava blocks are in the water.
Trails of glowing pieces of lava carried around by the waves (r photo).

Formation of new land...


"Normal" (but quite vigorous) activity from the Ka`ili`ili entry...(14 Feb.)