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View of the active lava lake area in Halema‘uma‘u—Kīlauea, May 14

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The lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, remains active, although surface incandescence (glowing red lava) has become less frequent over the last few days. In this view looking northwest, two elongated lobes oriented west (left) to east (right) with a relatively smooth shiny grey surface are visible in the center of the photo. These two lobes comprise the active area of the current lava lake. A tiny red glow is visible along the southern (bottom) margin of the northern (top) elongated lobe, toward the middle. The western fissure complex (top left) continues to emit volcanic gases, visible here as a white and slightly blue plume. USGS photo taken by N. Deligne on May 14, 2021.


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