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

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Overnight, the eruption in Halema‘uma‘u at Kīlauea's summit continued. At about 3:45 a.m. HST this morning (Dec. 30), HVO field crews measured the lava lake as 181 m (593 ft) deep with a narrow black ledge around it. This photo, taken at around 2 a.m. HST December 30, shows that lava continues to flow from the west vents into the lava lake.  Reduced, but still elevated, SO2 emissions were measured at  Kīlauea's summit on Monday (Dec. 28), with rates of about 3,300 tonnes/day. USGS photo by H. Dietterich.


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