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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01588

An incandescent lava flow splits into several channels as it advances through rain forest on the SW flank of Mount Cameroon. The eruption began on 16 October 1982, shortly before this photo was taken, from a fissure 6.5 km SW of the summit. Lava flows traveled 12 km down the flank to 1,200 m elevation, within about 6 km of the Atlantic coast. On 30 October the flow was about 200 m wide and 20 m thick at its terminus. Photo courtesy of Tom Humphrey, 1982 (Gulf Oil).

An incandescent lava flow splits into several channels as it advances through rain forest on the SW flank of Mount Cameroon. The eruption began on 16 October 1982, shortly before this photo was taken, from a fissure 6.5 km SW of the summit. Lava flows traveled 12 km down the flank to 1,200 m elevation, within about 6 km of the Atlantic coast. On 30 October the flow was about 200 m wide and 20 m thick at its terminus.

Photo courtesy of Tom Humphrey, 1982 (Gulf Oil).

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