Kīlauea eruption in Halema‘uma‘u on Jan. 1, 2021

Color photograph of lava lake crust

Detailed Description

Kīlauea's summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu is continually re-surfacing. Like the 2008-2018 lava lake, the current lava lake is exhibiting crustal foundering, when fragments of solidified lava crust on the surface break and sink back into the liquid portion.  USGS photo by M. Patrick. 


Image Dimensions: 4608 x 3456

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Location Taken: US