Fountaining from the western vent in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kilauea volcano, is seen Tuesday. Spatter from the fountain continues to build up a horseshoe-shaped cone around the vent, with lava flowing into the lake at the base. (USGS photo by N. Deligne/Special to West Hawaii Today)
This reference map released Wednesday depicts the ongoing Kilauea summit eruption as of Tuesday. Two eruptive vents were active at the time: one along the western edge of the rising lava lake, and one within the south-central portion of the lake. Several islands from the December 2020–May 2021 eruption dot the lake surface, some of which were initially drowned but later floated back to the surface. As of Tuesday, active lava was visible from two public visitor overlooks in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: a site along the trail between Kilauea Overlook and Uekahuna can see the southeastern edge of the lava lake, and a section of the Keanakako‘i Overlook can see fountains at the western eruptive vent. (USGS map/Special to West Hawaii Today)
Kilauea volcano’s summit lava lake continued to rise Wednesday, one week after the start of the most recent eruption within Halema‘uma‘u crater.