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.
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).
Augus1, 2015 - 9:27 AM HST
Activity Summary: Inflationary tilt at Kīlauea's summit eased since yesterday as did the rate of increase in lava lake level. The East Rift Zone lava flow remains active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, but has not advanced significantly and poses no threat to nearby communities. Low levels of seismic activity continue across the volcano.
Summit Observations: Data from Kīlauea's summit tiltmeters shows that the inflationary tilt occurring during the past several days has rounded off. No significant change in summit ground tilt has been recorded since midnight. The lava lake has leveled off its steady rise as well and currently stands about 47 meters from the vent rim and Halema`uma`u crater floor. Seismicity continues at background levels. Summit sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged from 2,600 to 5,500 metric tons/day for the week ending July 28.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam and satellite views show continued activity on the flow field. Active breakouts were scattered across a broad area extending from about 4 to 8 km (2.5–5 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The most distant breakouts are evident by the smoke plumes produced where they are creeping into the forest and burning vegetation along the edge of the flow field.
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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
County of Hawai'i Civil Defense
Courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the flow on July 7 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of July 23 is shown in red. The yellow line is the active lava tube system. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.
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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.
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