New eruption at the top of Kīlauea
A new eruption atop Kīlauea began around 3:20 p.m. HST on September 29, 2021. Lava activity is currently confined to Halema’uma’u Crater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Gas emissions in the summit region are high.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. HST on September 29, 2021, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detected active lava in thermal camera images and a glow in webcam images indicating that an eruption had started in the Halema’uma’u crater in the summit caldera of Kīlauea in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Webcam images show cracks at the base of Halema’uma’u crater generating lava flows on the surface crust of the ancient lava lake which was active until May 2021.
The USGS raised Kīlauea’s Volcanic Alert Level from WATCH to WARNING and its aviation color code from ORANGE to RED, as this new eruption and associated hazards are assessed. Activity is limited to Halema’uma’u and the risks will be reassessed as the rash progresses.
The opening phases of eruptions are dynamic and uncertain. The HVO continues to closely monitor the volcano and will report any material changes in future advisories.
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The HVO is in constant communication with the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency as this situation evolves. The eruption is currently taking place entirely within the closed area of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Kilauea webcam images: https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/webcams
Kīlauea photos / video: https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/photo-video-chronology
Kīlauea lava flow maps: https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/maps
Kilauea FAQ: https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/faqs