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VIDEO COURTESY U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Halemaumau Crater lava lake continues to rise on Hawaii island. The Kilauea eruption began Sunday night at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
COURTESY U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Lava lake rises at Halemaumau Crater An aerial photo taken at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday shows the two active fissures in Kilauea Volcano’s ongoing summit eruption in Halemaumau Crater. These fissures in the wall feed a growing lake at its base. In the center of the lake, an island rises approximately 55 feet above the surrounding lake surface. The island moves as if floating and is likely material erupted early that accumulated at the base of the crater.
On Monday morning, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory gas scientists, above, used an FTIR spectrometer on the rim of the crater to measure the composition of the gases being emitted.
The plume from the ongoing eruption rose above Kilauea Volcano’s summit, located within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, on Monday, above. Haakulamanu (Sulphur Banks) is visible in the foreground.