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May 16, 2022—Kīlauea summit eruption reference map

May 16, 2022
Color map of eruption at summit of volcano
This reference map depicts the ongoing Kīlauea summit eruption on May 16, 2022. One eruptive vent (orange) is active within Halema‘uma‘u, on the western side of the crater floor. An adjacent pond (purple) is feeding lava to a larger lake (red); though at times the lava level has dropped and circulation has diminished, the pond and lake have consistently hosted active lava in recent weeks. The eruption statistics provided here are current as of the last HVO overflight on May 10, 2022. In a change from previous eruption reference maps, this map provides a median elevation for the crater floor—2,779 feet (847 meters) above sea level—and its rise since September 29, 2021. Lava is presently visible from three public visitor overlooks in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: Keanakāko‘i Overlook and Waldron Ledge can see the eruptive vent and lava lake, while Kīlauea Overlook can occasionally see lava ooze-outs in the southeast part of the crater. Visit the park eruption page for more info:
Title May 16, 2022—Kīlauea summit eruption reference map
DOI 10.5066/P9JYFLQF
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse