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Kilauea eruption resumes as lava returns to Halemaumau crater

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Kilauea volcano erupted Wednesday afternoon.
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Fissures opened to the east of the large island within the lava lake that was active in Halemaʻumaʻu crater from December 2020 until May, and are generating lava flows on the surface of the older lava lake. At approximately 4:43 p.m., another vent opened on the west wall of Halemaʻumaʻu crater, and is visible in the left side of this image.
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The new eruption within Halema‘uma‘u crater at Kilauea's summit is depositing tephra downwind of the erupting vents. Tephra is a term that describes products of an eruption that travel through the air before being deposited. Tephra products include cinder, pumice, Pele’s Hair and Pele’s tears, which form during lava fountaining, and are light weight and can be wafted downwind with the plume.
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At approximately 4:43 p.m., another vent opened on the west wall of Halemaʻumaʻu crater. This telephoto image shows the vent area and lava fountain through volcanic gas.
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An image of the new Kilauea summit fissure eruption within Halema'uma'u crater taken at approximately 4:15 p.m. This photo, taken from the western rim of Halema'uma'u, shows large amounts of volcanic gas —primarily water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2)— which are continuously released during eruptions of Kilauea volcano. High levels of volcanic gases are the primary hazard of concern, as this hazard can have far-reaching effects downwind.
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The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory KWcam at Kilauea's summit has captured the onset of a new eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu crater on Wednesday. At approximately 3:21 p.m., new fissures opened at the base of Halemaʻumaʻu crater. These fissures opened east of the large island near the center of the lava lake that was active within Halemaʻumaʻu crater from December 2020 until May 2021. The new fissures are generating lava flows on the surface of the previous lava lake surface.
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The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory KWcam at Kilauea's summit has captured the onset of a new eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu crater on Wednesday. At approximately 3:21 p.m., new fissures opened at the base of Halemaʻumaʻu crater. These fissures opened east of the large island near the center of the lava lake that was active within Halemaʻumaʻu crater from December 2020 until May 2021. The new fissures are generating lava flows on the surface of the previous lava lake surface.

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