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December 23, 2021

A new USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam provides views of the west vent within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea.

The new V1cam, positioned on the northwest rim of the caldera, with permission from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, looks to the south. The view is zoomed in on Halemaʻumaʻu west vent and active lava lake area in the ongoing Kīlauea summit eruption that began on September 29, 2021. Near-live webcam views are available here: https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/v1cam-west-vent-halemaumau-and-lava-lake

Webcam image view of volcanic vent in summit crater
Live view of the west vent in Halemaʻumaʻu and the lava lake, from the northwest rim of the caldera, looking south [V1cam]. 

Disclaimer 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.