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).
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).
Current Conditions Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
NPS Photo/S. Geiger
February 11, 2016 - 9:06 AM HST
Activity Summary: Eruptive activity continues at Kīlauea Volcano's summit and along the East Rift Zone. Seismicity and deformation rates across the volcano remain at background levels. Scattered lava flow activity continues on the June 27th lava flow field within about 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. These flows currently pose no threat to nearby communities.
Summit Observations: The lava lake within the Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook crater remains active. This morning, the lake surface was 31 m (102 ft) below the crater rim. Tiltmeters at Kīlauea's summit have shown slight inflationary tilt over the past 24 hours. Seismicity is within normal, background rates with tremor fluctuations associated with lava lake spattering. The summit sulfur dioxide emission rate averaged 5,300 metric tons/day on January 21 and 22.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam images show continued surface flow activity on the June 27th flow field, with smoke plumes where lava is igniting forest. The active flows are confined to within about 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and are not currently threatening any nearby communities. HVO plans an overflight of the flow field on Friday.
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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:
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County of Hawai'i Civil Defense
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This small-scale map shows Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow field in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawaiʻi. The area of the flow field on January 5 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow field as mapped on January 19 is shown in red. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray. The black box shows the extent of the accompanying large scale maps.
The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM;for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth's surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. The base map is a partly transparent regional land cover map from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM). The bathymetry is also from NOAA.
Because the flow field is changing very little at the moment, mapping of the lava flow is being conducted relatively infrequently. We will return to more frequent mapping if warranted by an increase in activity.
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This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the flow field on January 5 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow field as mapped on January 19 is shown in red. The yellow lines show the active lava tube system. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.
The base map is a partly transparent 1:24,000-scale USGS digital topographic map draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM).
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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