HVO scientist says Kilauea lava ‘effusion rate’ comparable to 2018 flows

  • A plume of volcanic gas rises Thursday from Halema‘uma‘u Crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY/Tribune-Herald)

  • Oblique aerial image of eruption in Halema‘uma‘u at Kilauea Volcano’s summit taken during an overflight on Thursday morning. This view shows multiple active spattering sources in southern central part of Halema‘uma‘u, and associated plumes of volcanic gas. (K. Mulliken/USGS photo)

  • Rene and Allen Bradford, visiting from Connecticut. (MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY/Tribune-Herald)

The latest eruption of Kilauea is producing almost as much lava as the 2018 eruption, although it is so far entirely confined to Halema‘uma‘u crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.