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Screenshot of a webpage
September 24, 2020

The new 2020 (and beyond) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website

The new 2020 (and beyond) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website homepage, www.usgs.gov/hvo

Photograph of volcanic crater lake
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea's water lake from the east side - September 23, 2020

This view shows Kīlauea's water lake from the east side of the crater. On September 23, 2020, the western portion of the lake (top of image) was the most varied in color, with patches of greenish and brown water. The majority of the lake surface, however, was the typical tan hue. USGS photo by M. Patrick.

Photograph of material floating on volcanic crater lake
September 23, 2020

Floating material on Kīlauea's summit water lake on September 23, 2020

Small patches of light-colored floating material were seen drifting on the surface of Kīlauea's summit water lake on September 23, 2020. The composition of this material is unknown, but future water sampling missions may provide insight. USGS photo by M. Patrick.

Color photograph of road and crater lake
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea’s summit water lake and Crater Rim Drive - September 23, 2020

Portions of Crater Rim Drive, within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, appear cracked, offset, and down-dropped in this photo, taken during an overflight of Kīlauea’s summit on September 23, 2020. To the north, Kīlauea’s summit water lake, within Halema‘uma‘u, is visible. USGS photo by K. Mulliken.

Map of crater lake
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea's summit water lake map - September 23, 2020

The September 23, 2020, overflight provided aerial photos of Kīlauea's summit that were used to construct an updated map. Poor weather prevented full coverage of the caldera floor, and this map is focused on Halema‘uma‘u. The water lake was 300 m (980 ft) long and had a surface area of 3.3 hectares (8.2 acres). For comparison, on May 29, 2020, the lake was approximately 2.

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Photograph of trail and sulfur banks
September 23, 2020

Sulfur Banks area and Ha‘akulamanu trail

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists flew over the Sulfur Banks area and Ha‘akulamanu trail within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on September 23, 2020. Fumaroles in the Sulphur Banks area are sampled approximately every three months by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory gas geochemists to track long-term changes in volcanic gas chemistry at Kīlauea. USGS photo by K.

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Color photograph of steam vents
September 23, 2020

Wahinekapu (Steaming Bluff) and the Steam Vents area

The weather was overcast during an overflight of Kīlauea's summit on September 23, 2020. This view shows Wahinekapu (Steaming Bluff) and the Steam Vents area within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Extensive cracks in the area allow heated groundwater to escape from underground. Cracks reach up to 63 degrees Celsius (145 degrees Fahrenheit), preventing trees from growing.

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Photograph of scientists surveying caldera
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea summit gravity survey - September 23, 2020

On September 23, 2020, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicists and a geologist conducted a gravity survey of Kīlauea summit, as part of HVO's regular monitoring program. In this photo, scientists are carrying survey equipment westward along the remnants of the Halema‘uma‘u Trail on the down-dropped block of Kīlauea caldera. The fissure from the 1954 eruption can be seen

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Photograph of scientists surveying caldera
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea summit gravity survey - September 23, 2020

During a gravity survey, HVO scientists measure the relative strength of gravity (gravimeter, bottom left corner of photo) between benchmarks. High-precision vertical positions from kinematic Global Positioning System (GPS, tripod and antenna middle of photo) help correct the gravity measurement for the effects of elevation changes. The south sulfur banks, exposed during

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Photograph of gravimeter in caldera
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea summit gravity survey - September 23, 2020

A gravimeter makes a measurement at a benchmark situated among lava flows erupted in 1919. The strength of gravity varies with both elevation and the amount of mass beneath the instrument. Changes in mass can indicate changes in the amount of magma entering Kīlauea's magma reservoirs. USGS photo by A. Flinders.

Photograph of scientist surveying gravity in caldera
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea summit gravity survey - September 23, 2020

An HVO geophysicist takes a gravity measurement at a benchmark near a continuous gravimeter (inside hutch). The continuous gravimeter takes gravity measurements once per second and relays the data via radio back to HVO. During the gravity survey on September 23, 2020, HVO scientists took measurements at multiple locations on the floor of Kīlauea caldera. By comparing the

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Color photographs of volcanic crater lake
September 23, 2020

Kīlauea's summit water lake comparison - September 23, 2020

HVO geologists made observations of Kīlauea's summit water lake from the east rim of Halema‘uma‘u. This view point is on the large downdropped block that subsided during the 2018 collapse events. From this spot, a view of the entire lake is possible, providing a new perspective on the growth of the lake. The last visit to this spot was on December 18, 2019, when the lake

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