Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Active surface lava limited to a small pond in Halema‘uma‘u

Detailed Description

Active surface lava in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea, is now limited to a small lava pond near the western fissure. Normally the lava pond is covered in a stationary crust, as shown by the image on the left. Occasionally, the pond abruptly resurfaces with fluid lava, with foundering of crustal plates and abundant bubbling, shown by the image on the right. The resurfacing process takes just a few minutes. 


Public Domain.