Kīlauea summit west vent - Dec. 26, 2020 at 5:15 a.m. HST

Color photograph of vent

Detailed Description

As of about 2:40 a.m. HST on December 26, 2020, activity at the west vent in Halema‘uma‘u crater wall at Kīlauea's summit has increased. This photo, taken at approximately 5:15 a.m. HST shows fountaining at the west vent, and lava pouring from the north end of the fissure into the growing lava lake. HVO field crews monitoring the activity overnight measured the west vent lava fountains as at least 10 m (32 ft) high. USGS photo H. Dietterich.


Image Dimensions: 1596 x 2389

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Location Taken: US