Volcano Watch: A busy time at Kilauea Volcano’s summit and East Rift Zone

  • USGS photo by C. Parcheta Aerial view of the Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater (approximately 220 m or 720 ft wide) from April 23, following weeks of steady inflation and uplift of crater floor. View is to the southeast with lava flows of the Episode 61g flow field in the distance behind Pu‘u ‘O‘o.

The past few weeks have been exciting for volcano watchers on Hawaii Island, especially for visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum overlook, where views of the active summit lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u have been spectacular.