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Kīlauea summit eruption—Activity at the west vent in Halema‘uma‘u

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This telephoto image shows the west vent of the ongoing Halema‘uma‘u eruption at about 7:15 a.m. HST on January 14, 2021. Low lava fountaining from the vent cascades into the lava lake below. This morning, January 15, the active west side of the lava lake was approximately 199 m (653 ft) deep, while the western half remains stagnant and several meters (yards) lower. HVO scientists continue to monitor the eruption from within an area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park that remains closed to the public for safety reasons. USGS photo by K. Lynn.


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