Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano update: Eruption goes on, lava lake growing
Tue, 22 Dec 2020, 20:53
20:53 PM | BY: T
View of the Kilauea crater in the morning of 22 Dec 2020 (image: HVO)
Thermal image from this morning showing the now single vent feeding the lake (image: HVO)
The new eruption continues at steady pace: during the first day of activity, lava effusion focused on only one of the initially 3 fissure vents in the lower crater walls, something that is often the case as the rising magma tends to exploit the best-available path, now clear of obstacles.
The lava effuses from the active fissure with little explosive interaction into a flow that continues to fill the growing lava pond at the bottom of the crater. Once the vent is submerged, we might be able to adore another true lava lake in Halema’uma’u!