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March 4 overflight of Kīlauea summit and East Rift Zone

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HVO's overflight today also included KILAUEA's lower East Rift Zone, where geologists continue to document and map the 2018 eruption deposits. Fissure 8, visible in the center of this photo, emits steam as this geologically-young feature continues to cool. Fissure 8 was recently officially named Ahu‘ailā‘au by the Hawaii Board on Geographic Names ( According to the Hawaii Board on Geographic Names, the name was selected from dozens of community-submitted proposals and refers to the altar of the volcano deity ‘Ailā‘au. USGS image by K. Mulliken on March 4, 2021.


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