June 12, 2023 — The island in Halema‘uma‘u
The island, which was created in the very first hours of the 2020 Halema‘uma‘u lava lake eruption, is still visible. Fresh lava from the opening of the 2023 eruption has risen high around the edges and covered part of the surface. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists wonder how much longer this feature will survive. USGS photo by J. Schmith.