Small dome-like fountain at the base Halema'uma'u's west vent

The west vent in Halema‘uma‘u crater continues to erupt at Kīlauea’s summit.

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The west vent in Halema‘uma‘u crater continues to erupt at Kīlauea’s summit. These telephoto images from January 1 (left) and January 2 (right) compare the lava lake surface below the west vent. The west vent is supplying lava to the lake through a crusted over channel, which enters just below the lake surface.  As the lava enters the lake, it produces localized upwelling at the surface. By January 2 there appears to be an increase in eruptive vigor where a small dome-like fountain is breaking through the surface crust. USGS photos by M. Patrick.

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Image Dimensions: 1738 x 648

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Location Taken: US