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February 15, 2023 — Overcast at Kīlauea summit

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During a Kīlauea summit eruption field shift on February 15, 2023, HVO geologists were able to briefly glimpse the active lava on Halema‘uma‘u crater floor between shifting mist and rain. The lava pond in the central portion of the crater floor has a small lava fountain, near which a rampart that is nearly 8 meters (26 feet) tall has formed. Channels from this central lava pond are now flowing to the eastern lake The western lake in the basin of the 2021–2022 lava lake, visible in the foreground of the photo, also remains active. USGS image by K. Mulliken.


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