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Kilauea shines bright on Christmas, but not for long

  • COURTESY JANICE WEI
                                Smoke glowed in Halemaumau Crater as Kilauea Volcano erupted Friday morning.

    COURTESY JANICE WEI

    Smoke glowed in Halemaumau Crater as Kilauea Volcano erupted Friday morning.

  • COURTESY USGS
                                An HVO field crew measured Kilauea’s summit lava lake at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The lake rose approximately 20 feet over the previous 24 hours.

    COURTESY USGS

    An HVO field crew measured Kilauea’s summit lava lake at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The lake rose approximately 20 feet over the previous 24 hours.

  • COURTESY USGS 
                                The main northern fissure erupting within Halemaumau Crater is slowly being drowned by the rising lava lake. The lake rose approximately 20 feet over the previous 24 hours.

    COURTESY USGS

    The main northern fissure erupting within Halemaumau Crater is slowly being drowned by the rising lava lake. The lake rose approximately 20 feet over the previous 24 hours.

Kilauea offered a bright display of light on Christmas morning as red-hot, liquid rock continued to stream out of the main fissure vent into the lava lake inside Halemaumau Crater. Read more

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