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Kilauea Eruption 2020

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Kilauea Eruption via USGS | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

The Scoop

As of late December 20, 2020 the most active volcano in the world located in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii, Kilauea, erupted. The eruption precipitated a 4.4 magnitude earthquake that emanated from the volcano nearly an hour after the eruption began.

Unlike the 2018 eruption where Kilauea’s lava lake suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, the 2020 Kilauea eruption has resulted in the lava lake rapidly filling. On the night of December 20th three fissure vents opened up and started pouring lava crater.

Kilauea Eruption Live Webcam via USGS | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

The Lava Lake

After the 2018 eruption event many thought the once mighty lava lake that served as one of the main park attractions could be gone for good. In it’s place had begun to slowly fill the world’s newest crater lake.

This was not to last. Lava has taken it’s place in a truly mesmerizing fashion as one can see with USGS latest dazzling 24 hour imaging.


Past 24 Hours Thermal Imaging via USGS| Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

The Latest from Kilauea

As of the morning of December 22 the situation on the ground seems stable. The lava lake is growing in size by the second as the fissure vents continue to pour lava into the crater.

The USGS is closely monitoring the situation and will be posting updates on their twitter feed regularly. As of Monday morning, December 21 the USGS has reported there is no imminent danger to humans which is quite different than the 2018 eruption where thousands of homes were lost.

However, the situation is changing by the second and folks in and around the area should be on high alert.

Photos of Kilauea

Kilauea Eruption | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Further Reading

For more information be sure to check out our Hawaii Volcanoes park page along with the NPS site  where there are more live webcams to monitor the situation.

Webcam captures start of #Kīlauea summit eruption. First image is from Dec 20 at 9:20 p.m. HST, approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the eruption. Final image taken at 1:06 a.m. HST on Dec 21. #Kilauea2020 pic.twitter.com/ffUwAUKL2Z

— USGS Volcanoes???? (@USGSVolcanoes) December 21, 2020

Video from W rim of the caldera just before midnight. As of December 21 at 1:30 a.m. HST, the growing lava lake has almost reached the level of the lowest down-dropped block that formed during the 2018 collapse events. Over the past 2 hours, the lake has risen by ~10 m (32 ft). pic.twitter.com/Qbx1d6hbq4

— USGS Volcanoes???? (@USGSVolcanoes) December 21, 2020

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Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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