Current Conditions

The eruption of Kīlauea volcano continues at two locations. In the park, the vent within Halema'uma'u Crater is easily viewed from the overlook at the Jaggar Museum. The second location is the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent located 10 miles (16km) east of the summit, on the remote east rift zone of Kīlauea. This area is not accessible to the public. There is no lava flowing into or towards the ocean.
 
Halema‘uma‘u lights the morning sky

Halema‘uma‘u Lights the Morning Sky - Photo taken from the Jaggar Museum viewing area on April 24, 2015 @ 5:13 a.m. - Click for full size image

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Fumes and glow from the lava lake within the vent at the summit of Kīlauea may be seen from the Jaggar Museum overlook and other vantage points along Crater Rim Drive.

During the day a robust plume of volcanic gas is a constant and dramatic reminder of the molten rock churning in a lava lake within the crater. After sunset, Halema'uma'u continues to thrill visitors and park staff with a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and plume (weather permitting).

April 23, 2015 - Video of the lava lake at record high levels (2 minutes 10 seconds).

April 29, 2015 - Two videos of the lava lake after it overflowed onto the crater floor.

Park rangers are on duty at the Jaggar Museum to assist the many visitors drawn to the site which has been erupting within the crater since March 2008.

Halemaʻumaʻu web cam (opens in new window).

 
Halema‘uma‘u on April 24, 2015 at 5:20 a.m.

Collapse in Halema‘uma‘u on April 24, 2015 at 5:20 a.m.
Photo taken from Jaggar Museum viewing area.

NPS Photo/S. Geiger

May 21, 2015 - 8:38 AM HST

Activity Summary: Seismicity rates are currently normal beneath Kīlauea's summit and minor deflationary tilt has been observed starting early on May 21. At the East Rift Zone eruption site, surface flows continue to be active within about 8 km (5 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Summit Observations: Seismicity rates beneath Kīlauea's summit, upper East Rift Zone and Southwest Rift Zone were at normal, background levels during the past day. The tiltmeter in the south caldera recorded a small decrease in tilt in a direction associated with magma accumulation in the Southwest Rift Zone. Other tiltmeters in the summit area were either flat, or recording minor deflationary tilt. Sulfur dioxide emission rates averaged 3,400-6,900 tonnes/day for the week ending May 12.

June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam images and satellite imagery continue to show surface flow activity from several breakouts in an area northeast Puʻu ʻŌʻō. All surface flows are occurring within 8 km (5 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

 
Summit lava lake

Web cam view of summit lava lake and recent overflows in Halema‘uma‘u from the southwest rim of Kīlauea Caldera (closed area)

Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

May 12, 2015 - The summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater has dropped significantly over the past two days, as Kīlauea's summit has deflated. The dropping lava level has allowed lava veneer on the walls of the Overlook crater to fall away, clearly exposing the contact between the original rim of the Overlook crater (which is the original, pre-overflow floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater) and the stack of recent lava overflows. These overflows are roughly 8 meters (26 feet) thick in total.

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HOT LINES for Eruption Information

The June 27th lava flows from Pu'u 'Ō'ō are outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's eastern boundary. The flows are inaccessible by foot or by car and the area is closed to the public.

Resources for more information about the lava flows:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
by phone at: (808) 967-8862
by web at: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

County of Hawai'i Civil Defense
by phone at: (808) 935-0031 (7:45 am - 4:30 pm)
by web at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/

 
Satellite image of lava flow field

Satellite image of lava flow field

Courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This satellite image was captured on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds.

The lava flow field is partly obscured by clouds, but the image shows much of the activity on the June 27th flow. There have been three areas of breakouts active on the June 27th flow recently. The Feb 21 breakout has slowly migrated north over the past couple months. The breakout north of Kahaualeʻa has been active recently at the forest boundary, triggering small brush fires. The farthest breakout is 6-8 km (4-5 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and consists of scattered activity near the forest boundary.

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The lava lakes in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and Halemaʻumaʻu crater, as well as other views may be viewed on webcameras made available by the scientists at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Daily updates by staff that monitor Hawaiʻi's volcanoes provide visitors with the most recent observations on volcanic conditions.

 
 
Halema`uma`u vent - June 2, 2011 - web cam view

Webcam view of the lava lake within the summit vent in Halemaʻumaʻu on June  2, 2011.

USGS Webcamera

Links to More Information:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Scientist's Daily Updates
Webcams
Air Quality Monitors
Earthquakes - Hawaiʻi
Earthquakes - Worldwide
Multimedia/Photos/Videos

 

If you are interested in more information about the Kīlauea east rift zone, we invite you to watch the video cast of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Mike Poland from our After Dark in the Park presentation on August 23, 2011. Mike discusses the volcanic history of the area. It's one hour in length and can be viewed here

 
Pu`u `O`o view from Pu`u Huluhulu before the collapse

Scott Rowland of The University of Hawaiʻi captured this shot of Puʻu ʻŌʻō from the Puʻu Huluhulu lookout the evening before Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapsed and the west flank eruption began on August 3rd 2011.

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