Volcano Watch: Kilauea’s ongoing eruption: a rising lava lake

  • Annotated eruption photograph taken at 5 p.m. HST on Dec. 30, 2020, from the south rim of Halema‘uma‘u, Kilauea Volcano summit. (USGS photo/K. Lynn)

  • Color map of volcano This map of Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kilauea shows 20 m contour lines (dark gray) that mark locations of equal elevation above sea level (asl). The map shows that the lava lake (approximate area marked in red) has filled 184 m of Halema‘uma‘u since the eruption began around 9:30 p.m. HST on Dec. 20, 2020. (USGS map/Public domain)

It has been an exciting week at Kilauea Volcano as the summit eruption that began on the evening of December 20th continues. The eruption remains confined within Halema‘uma‘u crater. Monitoring data show no signs of activity migrating from the summit into the rift zones, nor indications of summit collapse like those in 2018.