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Kīlauea summit eruption on December 9, 2021

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Sunset on the evening of December 8, 2021, provided stunning views of the eruption in Halema'uma'u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea. This photograph, taken from the Keanakākoʻi overlook within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, looks northwest from the south rim of Kīlauea caldera. Lava continues to erupt from a single vent in the western wall of Halema'uma'u crater, feeding a lava lake that occupies the western portion of the crater, though sporadic ooze-outs of lava continue to occur along the solidified lake margins. USGS image by C. Gansecki. 


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