There is a visible “glow” over the ridge off to the side of my house again only this time it’s not from the Pu’u’O’o vent, it’s from the Halema’uma’u crater within the Kilauea caldera in Volcanoes National Park.
In March of 2008, lava “glow” over the ridge was present for months. Now it’s back but we realized last evening it’s in a different location and in reading the current Kilauea eruption update see that the Halema’uma’u Crater lava incandescence is now visible from the SE coast of Puna.
It’s an eerie sight but one which enraptures you with its fiery essence. The clouds seem to be on fire and it serves as a reminder that we live on an island continuously expanded by inner Earth. Five volcanoes are located on Hawaii’s Big Island; two dormant and three still active.
According to the Kilauea eruption update* molten lava is present in the neck of a funnel shaped cavity in the floor of the Halema’uma’u Crater. Seismic levels increased steadily until June 2nd but remain moderate**. I have provided links at the end of this article for you to review real-time Big Island earthquakes and the Kilauea eruption status.
It’s a “tough call” to say what will be the ultimate result with the escalated emissions and lava under this crater. But for now its beauty and power is redundant on early evening clouds.
*Kilauea eruption status page
**Big Island real-time earthquake website