Kīlauea Volcano's summit eruption: 9 years and counting

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On March 19, 2008, a new volcanic vent opened in HALEMAUMAU at the summit of KILAUEA. Nine years later, the eruption continues.

The vent has grown to a gaping crater that's roughly 195 m by 255 m (about 640 x 840 ft) in size. A lava lake within the vent rises and falls, with spattering on the lake surface sometimes visible from the Jaggar Museum Observation Deck. HVO geologist Matt Patrick recently presented an HAWAII Volcanoes National Park "After Dark in the Park" program about this ongoing eruption.