New USGS Video: Kīlauea Summit Eruption | Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park


This 24-minute U.S. Geological Survey video tells the story of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit eruption, from its start in 2008 through today. It begins with a Hawaiian chant expressing traditional observations of an active lava lake, then briefly recounts the eruptive history of Halemaʻumaʻu, site of the eruption. It goes on to describe the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake, with USGS-Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing insights on how they monitor the lava lake, how and why the lake level rises and falls, why explosive events occur, and the connection between Kīlauea’s ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions. The video documentary is published as USGS General Interest Product 182.