Summit’s unprecedented change, volcanic activity to engross scientists for years to come

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Halema'uma'u crater seen from the Jaggar Museum look out on Thursday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Recent earthquakes have caused numerous ground cracks outside of Jaggar Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald National Park Service Law Enforcement Officer Mike Clarke stands on a ground crack caused by recent earthquakes Thursday at Jaggar Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The ground also is covered in ash from ash explosions at the Halema'uma'u crater.

With no visitors to gaze in awe at its splendor, Kilauea caldera is often shrouded in a peaceful, though deceptive, silence.