Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano update: Lava replaces water lake
Mon, 21 Dec 2020, 18:28
18:28 PM | BY: T
Image of the Halema’uma’u crate with the approx. location of the new vents (image: HVO)
Annotated aerial image of the caldera as on 29 May 2020 for orientation and comparison (image: HVO)
The volcano observatory posted a vertical image with the approximate location of the new vents, 3 in total, on the lower NW walls of the Halema’uma’u pit crater.
In the attached image, “the red spots are the approximate locations of fissure vents feeding lava flowing into the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u crater.
The water lake at the base of Halema‘uma‘u crater has been replaced with a growing lava lake. Lava coverage is deeper by 10 m (32 ft) or larger and bigger in extent than the water in this photo (base map is from imagery collected on September 23, 2020). The easternmost vent is currently exhibiting fountains up to approximately 50 m (164 ft) high with minor fountaining on the west side. Occasion blasts of uncertain origin are occurring from lava lake surface.” (HVO / USGS update)
Link to USGS / HVO multimedia material