HVO scientist says Kilauea lava ‘effusion rate’ comparable to 2018 flows

K. Mulliken/USGS photo An aerial image of the eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu at Kilauea Volcano's summit taken during an overflight on Thursday morning. This view shows multiple active spattering sources in southern central part of Halemaʻumaʻu, and associated plumes of volcanic gas.

MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY/Tribune-Herald Rene and Allen Bradford, visiting from Connecticut, braved the rain to try and see the eruption Thursday.

The latest eruption of Kilauea is producing almost as much lava as the 2018 eruption, although it is so far entirely confined to Halema‘uma‘u crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.