• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

After Dark in the Park Video Archives - Jan 14 2014

 
Matt Patrick

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist, Matt Patrick

Happenings in Halema‘uma‘u: An update on Kīlauea's summit eruption

In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halema'uma'u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Since then, the eruption has consisted of continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and fluctuating lava lake activity in an open crater that is now 520 ft by 690 ft in size. While thousands of visitors flock to see the nighttime glow emitted by the lava lake, Kīlauea's summit eruption also provides an abundance of data and insights for scientists. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick presents an update on Kīlauea's summit eruption, including an overview of the volcanic processes occurring within the vent.

 

Did You Know?

Glowing, reddish-orange lava flowing on the surface at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Volcano has erupted lava almost continuously from its east rift zone since 1983. These lava flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea and covered 8.7 miles (14 km) of highway with lava as deep as 115 feet (35 m). More...