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April 27, 2022

An eruption at Kīlauea's summit began at approximately 3:20 p.m. HST on September 29, 2021. Intermittent lava activity is confined within Halema‘uma‘u crater, in the closed area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

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.

April 26, 2022 — Eruptive Activity Continues at Halema‘uma‘u Crater, Kīlauea Summit

This video was recorded by a webcam on the northwest rim of Kīlauea caldera, and shows the active lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u. The lava flows from west to east (right to left in this image) and plunges down a cascade into a smaller pit, where the lava is highly agitated. USGS video by M. Patrick.
Color photograph of lava lake
 Telephoto view looking east of the active lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea. The western vent complex is located at the bottom of the photo; incandescence is visible near the top of within the tallest cone on the right bottom of the photograph. USGS photo by N. Deligne. 
Color photograph of lava lake
The eruption continues within Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of KILUAEA on April 26, 2022. The active lava lake is visible within the middle right of the photo and has a silvery surface appearance. Within the active lava lake, lava flows from an inlet on the west (bottom) margin towards the east. Some of this lava then cascades into an embayment southeast of the main active lava lake, which on April 26 had red hot roiling lava at the surface. As the level within the southeast embayment is not rising, it appears that lava is plunging underneath the cooled crater floor area, contributing to gradual overall crater floor rise. USGS photo taken by N. Deligne.
Color photograph of volcanic eruption
Telephoto view looking east of the southeast embayment of the active lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea, on April 26 2022. In this photo, lava from the active lava lake (silvery grey surface in lower left quadrant of photo) cascades into the southeast embayment (red surface). As the lava surface within the southeast embayment was constant during the several hour observation period, it appears that from the southeast embayment lava is plunging underneath the crater floor, contributing to the gradual rise of the crater floor surface. USGS photo by N. Deligne.

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