Aerial View of Halema‘uma‘u & New Map of Lava Flow
The U.S. Geological Survey released these pictures that HVO scientists captured this aerial view of a much-changed Halema‘uma‘u during their overflight of the summit this afternoon.
Explosions and collapse within Halema‘uma‘u have enlarged the crater (foreground) that previously hosted the summit lava lake, and the far rim of Halema‘uma‘u has dropped with continued summit deflation. The parking area for the former Halema‘uma‘u Overlook (closed since early 2008 due to volcanic hazards) can be seen to the left of the crater.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, view of Halema‘uma‘u and the adjacent caldera floor from the Kīlauea overlook.
Heavy steam dominates the view, and strong winds are blowing the plume to the southwest.
Map as of 10 a.m., June 5, 2018. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted.
Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960 and 2014-2015.