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November 14, 2022

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. 

November 10, 2022 — Kīlauea Summit Eruption

The eruption within Halema‘uma‘u, at Kīlauea's summit, began at approximately 3:20 p.m. on September 29, 2021. 

Color photograph of crater floor and lava lake
Panoramic view of Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, looking eastward from the west rim. HVO scientists continue to monitor Halema‘uma‘u as the summit eruption continues. USGS photo taken on November 10, 2022, by J.M. Chang.
Color photograph of lava lake
Image showing the active lava lake (silvery area), the west vent complex (lower right), and the main island (upper left) within Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea. Orange lava can be seen spattering on the east side of the active lava lake. USGS photo taken at 9:35 a.m. HST on November 10, 2022, by J.M. Chang.
Color photograph of volcanic vent
Telephoto image of the west vent complex within Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea. The west vent complex continues to feed lava into the active lava lake (silvery area, top). USGS photo taken from the west rim by J.M. Chang.

October 28, 2022—Kīlauea summit thermal maps

Color map of lava lake temperature
A helicopter overflight on October 28, 2022, allowed for aerial visual and thermal imagery to be collected of Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea. The active lake surface is limited to the western portion of the crater. The scale of the thermal map ranges from blue to red, with blue colors indicative of cooler temperatures and red colors indicative of warmer temperatures.
Color map of lava lake temperature
A helicopter overflight on October 28, 2022, allowed for aerial visual and thermal imagery to be collected of Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea. The active lake surface is limited to the western portion of the crater. The scale of the thermal map ranges from blue to red, with blue colors indicative of cooler temperatures and red colors indicative of warmer temperatures.