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[K2cam] Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent from HVO Observation Tower

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This image is from a research camera mounted in the observation tower of the Okamura Building that previously housed the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Uēkahuna Bluff in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The camera is looking SSE towards the southern wall of the 2018 collapsed Halemaʻumaʻu, 1.9 km (1.2 miles) from the webcam.


The webcams are operational 24/7 and faithfully record the dark of night if there are no sources of incandescence or other lights. Thermal webcams record heat rather than light and get better views through volcanic gas. At times, clouds and rain obscure visibility. The cameras are subject to sporadic breakdown, and may not be repaired immediately. Some cameras are observing an area that is off-limits to the general public because of significant volcanic hazards.


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