Kīlauea summit eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu crater - October 4, 2021

Color photograph of lava lake surface

Detailed Description

A telephoto view of foundering in the active lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea. Foundering occurs when denser and cooler solidified crust (black) sinks below less dense liquid lava (orange). Photo taken at 7:48 a.m. HST on October 4, 2021. USGS photo by J.M. Chang.


Image Dimensions: 5184 x 3888

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Location Taken: HI, US