Photo and Video Chronology – Kīlauea – December 26, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology – Kīlauea – December 26, 2020

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The eruption continues in Halema‘uma‘u at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit, Island of Hawai‘i. Activity continues at two vents in Halema‘uma‘u wall; the lava lake continues to grow. Gas emissions and seismic activity at the summit remain elevated.

 

Color photograph of lava lake

The eruption continues in Halema‘uma‘u crater at Kīlauea’s summit. HVO field crews observing the activity overnight noted that at approximately 2:40 a.m. HST December 26, 2020, activity at west vent in the wall of Halema‘uma‘u rejuvinated: the west vent has became more active than the northern vent. Since the start of the eruption on December 20 at 9:30 p.m. HST, the northern vent has been dominant and erupting more vigorously than the weaker western vent. Over the past two days, the northern vent has slowly been drowned by the rising lava lake, and this photo (taken at about 5:15 a.m. HST on Dec. 26) shows that the west vent is now erupting more vigorously. At 3:30 a.m. HST today (Dec. 26), HVO field crews measured the rising lava lake as 178 m (583 ft) deep. USGS photo by H. Dietterich.

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Color photograph of vent

As of about 2:40 a.m. HST on December 26, 2020, activity at the west vent in Halema‘uma‘u crater wall at Kīlauea’s summit has increased. This photo, taken at approximately 5:15 a.m. HST shows fountaining at the west vent, and lava pouring from the north end of the fissure into the growing lava lake. HVO field crews monitoring the activity overnight measured the west vent lava fountains as at least 10 m (32 ft) high. USGS photo H. Dietterich.

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