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East Lae'apuki Lava Delta Collapse

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Title: East Lae'apuki Lava Delta Collapse


At 11:10 in the morning on November 28, 2005, the active lava delta at East Lae'apuki began to fall into the ocean. This was not a catastrophic collapse, with the entire 34-acre delta going at once, but instead occurred in a piece-meal fashion over a period of just less than 5 hours. The collapse removed the active East Lae'apuki delta, plus another 10 acres of the old sea cliff inland from the delta. The area of land removed was 830 meters long and 320 meters wide--this is more than half a mile long and just under a quarter mile wide!

Location: Kilauea, HI, USA

Date Taken: 11/28/2005

Length: 0:33

Video Producer: U.S. Geological Survey

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