Explosive moment

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This webcam photo shows an explosion that occurred Sunday afternoon at the lava lake atop Kilauea volcano. At approximately 1:20 p.m., a portion of the Halema‘uma‘u Crater wall collapsed, triggering an explosion of spatter and a robust particle-lade plume. Fist-sized clasts were deposited around the closed Halema‘uma‘u visitor overlook. Earthquakes of magnitude 3.5 and 3.6 also hit the summit area at 4:42 a.m. Monday.

This webcam photo shows an explosion that occurred Sunday afternoon at the lava lake atop Kilauea volcano. At approximately 1:20 p.m., a portion of the Halema‘uma‘u Crater wall collapsed, triggering an explosion of spatter and a robust particle-lade plume. Fist-sized clasts were deposited around the closed Halema‘uma‘u visitor overlook. Earthquakes of magnitude 3.5 and 3.6 also hit the summit area at 4:42 a.m. Monday.

Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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