Kilauea volcano erupting again at Halemaumau crater!

Lava fountains and fissures are scattered across Halema’uma’u crater floor on this first day of the new eruption.

Kilauea is erupting again! At 4:44 a.m. Hawaii Time, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected a lava glow inside Halema’uma’u crater at the summit of Kilauea. Halema’uma’u crater is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the southeastern side of Hawaii (Big) Island.

Per the USGS’s update on this new eruption,

“The opening phases of eruptions are dynamic. Webcam imagery shows fissures at the base of Halemaʻumaʻu crater generating lava flows on the surface of the crater floor. The activity is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu and the hazards will be reassessed as the eruption progresses.

“HVO will continue to monitor this activity closely and report any significant changes in future notices.”

In recent years, this crater has been the center of eruption activity off and on. Prior to today, Kilauea had been on a pause for exactly three months to the day.

Crater webcam still shot from 7:18 a.m. Hawaii Time on June 7, 2023

The USGS has a YouTube channel with a live stream of this new eruption. You can access it at this link: Kilauea Volcano Video Livestream.

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