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Photo and Video Chronology – Kīlauea – October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

The ongoing eruption at Kīlauea's summit began at 3:21 p.m. HST on September 29, 2021. Lava activity is currently confined within Halema'uma'u crater. Gas emissions and seismic activity at the summit remain elevated. HVO field crews—equipped with specialized safety gear—monitor the eruption from within the closed area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with NPS permission.

HVO scientists collect detailed data to assess hazards and understand how the eruption is evolving at Kīlauea's summit, all of which are shared with the National Park Service and emergency managers. Access to this hazardous area is by permission from, and in coordination with, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.


Eruption in Halema'uma'u — October 13, 2021

Daytime color photo of a lava fountain erupting into a lava lake
A view of the western portion of the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. This photo, taken from the west crater rim, shows the active west vent (lower right), the main island (upper left), and the old west vent from the Dec. 2020–May 2021 eruption (lower left). The active west vent continues to supply lava to the growing lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u. USGS photo taken by J.M. Chang at 12:50 p.m. HST on October 13, 2021.

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