Kīlauea summit eruption — April 2, 2021

Color photograph of lava lake

Detailed Description

A telephoto image from the ongoing eruption within Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Lava continues to enter the lava lake through an inlet near the base of the west vent cone (right). An incandescent opening near the top of the cone (upper center), ejected occasional bursts of spatter. Crustal foundering of a section of the lava lake surface crust (lower center) is common. This photo was taken from the southern crater rim, in an area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park which remains closed to the public due to safety reasons. USGS photo taken by L. DeSmither on April 2, 2021.


Image Dimensions: 6000 x 4000

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Location Taken: US