Federal assistance pending for those impacted by lava

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY A map of the lower Puna lava flow, updated Wednesday.


Events at the summit of Kīlauea during the past few weeks have dramatically reshaped Halema‘uma‘u crater, shown here in this aerial view that looks west across the crater captured Tuesday. The obvious flat surface (photo center) is the former Halema‘uma‘u crater floor, which has subsided about 300 feet during the past couple of weeks. Ground cracks circumferential to the crater rim can be seen cutting across the parking lot (left) for the former Halema‘uma‘u visitor overlook (closed since 2008). The deepest part of Halema‘uma‘u (foreground) is now about 1,000 feet below the crater rim. The Halema‘uma‘u crater rim and walls continue to slump inward and downward with ongoing subsidence at Kīlauea’s summit.


Fissure 8 lava fountain during an overflight Wednesday morning. Steam and fume rises from fissures 16 and 18 in distance (upper left). View is looking toward the east.

Federal aid for people affected by the Kilauea eruption might be approved soon after Gov. David Ige signed a request for such assistance Wednesday.