UPDATE: ‘No changes to the lower East Rift Zone,’ HVO says
By Tribune-Herald staff | Monday, December 21, 2020, 12:05 a.m.
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In this USGS photo taken during an overflight earlier today, two of the three fissures continue to add lava to the lava lake inside Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
Dawn arrives at Kilauea's summit, where scientists are monitoring the new eruption within Kilauea caldera. Since Sunday night, three fissure vents on the wall Halemaʻumaʻu crater have fed lava into a growing lava lake. USGS photo.
Visitors look on as a plume rises from Kilauea volcano's Halema‘uma‘u crater. Kilauea erupted Sunday night for the first time in more than two years.
NPS Photo/J. Wei
Shortly after approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday, an eruption commenced at the summit of Kilauea volcano. Red spots are the approximate locations of fissure vents feeding lava flowing into the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u crater. Lava fountains up to approximately 164 feet high were seen from the easternmost vent, with minor fountaining on the west side. USGS photo.
This is a USGS photo of Kilauea's summit eruption at 2:15 a.m. today. From the west rim of Kilauea caldera, a gas plume can be seen rising from Halemaʻumaʻu crater. This plume is drifting to the southwest with the trade winds. Increased sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rates associated with new eruption may lead to voggy conditions downwind.