Kīlauea Summit Eruption | Lava Returns to Halemaʻumaʻu

The video briefly recounts the eruptive history of Halemaʻumaʻu and describes the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake. It features USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing their insights on the summit eruption—how they monitor the lava lake, how and why the lake level rises and falls, why explosive events occur, the connection between Kīlauea’s ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions, and the impacts of the summit eruption on the Island of Hawaiʻi and beyond. The video is also available at the following U.S. Geological Survey Multimedia Gallery link (video hosted on YouTube): Kīlauea summit eruption—Lava returns to Halemaʻumaʻu


This newly released video by USGS is amazing and very informative.

It tells the story of the summit vent and lava lake, from the beginning of the eruption in 2008 to present.

The 24-minute video can be viewed online through any of the links noted below.

In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halema‘uma‘u, a crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawaiʻi. This new vent is one of two ongoing eruptions on the volcano. The other is on Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone, where vents have been erupting nearly nonstop since 1983. The duration of these simultaneous summit and rift zone eruptions on Kīlauea is unmatched in at least 200 years. (READ MORE | SOURCE USGS)


USGS YouTube:


USGS Multimedia Gallery (can download it from this site): <>


As an official USGS publication, it is also posted on the USGS Pubs Warehouse webpage, where several resolutions of the video are available (215MB, 1.1GB, 2.9GB) can be downloaded: 

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