Photo and Video Chronology – Kīlauea – May 5, 2021

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Kīlauea's summit eruption continues on the Island of Hawai‘i; Halema‘uma‘u west vent erupts lava into the lava lake, which was 228 m (748 ft) deep this morning, May 5. Gas emissions and seismic activity at the summit remain elevated. HVO field crews—equipped with specialized safety gear—monitor the eruption from within the closed area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with NPS permission.

HVO scientists collect detailed data to assess hazards and understand how the eruption is evolving at Kīlauea's summit, all of which are shared with the National Park Service and emergency managers. Access to this hazardous area is by permission from, and in coordination with, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

May 5, 2021 — Kīlauea

Halema‘uma‘u eruptive activity on 05 May 2021

Color photograph of lava lake

Lava continues to flow from the western vent (bottom left) into the lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, Island of Hawai‘i. A portion of the active surface of the lava lake can be seen here with orange, incandescent lava between the west vent and the main island. This photograph was taken on Wednesday, March 5, 2021, at 12:37 p.m. HST from the west rim of Halema‘uma‘u, an area within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park that remains closed to the public due to safety reasons. USGS photo by J.M. Chang.

(Credit: Julie Chang. Public domain.)

New Kīlauea Summit Webcam: B1cam

A new temporary webcam shows another live view of Halemaʻumaʻu crater lava lake, from the east rim and down-dropped block - [B1cam]. B1cam is available here: https://www.usgs.gov/media/images/b1cam-halema-uma-u-and-lava-lake-down-dropped-block

webcam image of crater hosting a lava lake

Live view of Halemaʻumaʻu - temporary webcam image showing the crater lava lake from the east rim and down-dropped block [B1cam].

Disclaimer: The webcams are operational 24/7 and faithfully record the dark of night if there are no sources of incandescence or other lights. Thermal webcams record heat rather than light and get better views through volcanic gas. At times, clouds and rain obscure visibility. The cameras are subject to sporadic breakdown, and may not be repaired immediately. Some cameras are observing an area that is off-limits to the general public because of significant volcanic hazards.

(Public domain.)