Kīlauea summit eruption - Dec. 31, 2020 at 6:45 a.m. HST

Color photograph of lava lake

Detailed Description

Kīlauea's summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u continued overnight. Lava lake depth was measured as 185 m (608 ft) early this morning, at around 3 a.m. HST; however, windy conditions may result in this measurement being slightly elevated. The lake depth measurements over the past 24 hrs have ranged from 181 to 185 m (593 to 608 ft) deep; the most recent measurements late last night (Dec. 30) and early this morning (Dec. 31) were made in extremely windy conditions and may not be as accurate as earlier measurements made in calmer conditions. Lava continues to flow from the west vent area, visible in the the lower center portion of the lake in this photo, which looks east. USGS photo by M. Patrick.


Image Dimensions: 1024 x 768

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Location Taken: US