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

June 29, 2015 - 6:44 AM HST

Activity Summary: There have been no significant changes in the summit and East Rift Zone eruptions of Kīlauea Volcano. At the summit, a lava lake continues to circulate and occasionally spatter producing a gas plume during the day and a glow at night. At the East Rift Zone eruption site, surface flows are still active within about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Summit Observations: Tilt remained flat and stable since Friday morning. The lava lake level within the Overlook crater also remained fairly stable at about 45 m (148 ft) below the new rim. Seismicity rates beneath Kīlauea's summit continued within background values, with bursts of seismic tremor associated with periods of vigorous spattering within the Overlook crate. Sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged between 2,200-3,700 tonnes/day for the week ending June 23.

June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam images (PNcam and R3cam) continue to show active lava from breakouts (smoke by day and glow by night) within an area extending about 8 km (5 mi) northeast Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

 

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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
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/

 
Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō lava flow map

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō lava flow map

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 June 4 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of June 19 is shown in red. 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.

 
 
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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