Active west vent in Halema‘uma‘u—October 15, 2021

Color photograph looking into the west vent spatter cone with a small lava fountain in the center

Detailed Description

A telephoto image of the the west vent taken on the morning of October 15, during an HVO helicopter overflight of Kīlauea summit. Low lava fountaining activity continues from the vent in the western wall of Halema‘uma‘u. The lava within the surrounding spatter cone is ponded at a higher elevation than the lava lake surface (shiny silver texture in foreground).The lava flows down a short spillway through a gap in the cone, and into the lake. For scale, the maximum height of the cone above the lake surface is 25–30 meters (about 80–100 ft). USGS photo taken by B. Carr.


Image Dimensions: 5370 x 3579

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Location Taken: US