New eruption at Kilauea Volcano

An eruption started at Kīlauea summit on December 20 at approximately 9:30 p.m. HST with multiple fissures opening on the walls of Halemaʻumaʻu crater. The lava cascaded into the summit water lake, boiling off the water and forming a new lava lake at the base of the crater. The northern fissure, pictured, was producing the tallest lava fountain at roughly 50 m (165 ft), and all lava was contained within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Kīlauea caldera. USGS photo.

Shortly after approximately 9:30 p.m. HST, an eruption commenced at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. 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. USGS photo.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reported late Sunday a new eruption inside Halemaumau at Kilauea Volcano’s summit. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park/Special to West Hawaii Today

Along with a photo posted to the park’s Twitter page at 10:17 p.m., the park stated “Happening now: a new Kīlauea eruption inside Halemaʻumaʻu. NPS Photo: B.Hayes." (B. Hayes/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory/Special to West Hawaii Today

Kilauea's eruption is seen about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. (NPS Photo/A. LaValle/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park/Special to West Hawaii Today

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park/Special to West Hawaii Today

Hawaii County Civil Defense said the eruption that commenced shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday remains confined to the Kilauea Volcano’s summit caldera.