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January 30, 2023

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. 

January 27, 2023 — Steady lava lake activity in Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea

Color photograph of lava fountain
A small fountain has been active in the upwelling zone of the eastern lake in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. In recent days a small island of solidified lava has been present close to the fountain. USGS photo by M. Patrick.
Color photograph of scientist in field
Lava lake activity remains steady in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. In this photo, a USGS scientist measures the elevation of the lava lake using a handheld laser rangefinder. USGS photo by M. Patrick.
Color photograph of lava lakes
This view from the west caldera rim shows several lava lakes active within Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. The eastern lake is the farthest from this vantage point. USGS photo by M. Patrick.

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