Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03543
A lava fountain, fed by gas pressure within the basaltic magma of the 1984 Mauna Loa eruption, produces vertical jets of molten lava. Still-fluid, incandescent lava bombs litter the slopes of a cone that was contructed by ejecta that accumulated around the vent. This April photo was taken during a late stage of the eruption that began on March 25 and lasted until April 15.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1984.
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