Kīlauea summit eruption - Dec. 25, 2020 at 2:30 a.m.

Color photograph of lava lake at night

Detailed Description

An early December 25, 2020, morning view of the ongoing eruption in Halema‘uma‘u crater at Kīlauea's summit. Overnight fountaining continued to feed the rising lava lake, which slowly fills Halema‘uma‘u. This photo, taken at approximately 2:30 a.m. from the south rim of the crater, shows the main northern vent that is being drowned by the rising lava lake. Intermittent activity continues at the weaker west vent. USGS photo by J. Schmith and C. Parcheta. 


Image Dimensions: 3000 x 2250

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Location Taken: US