Thursday, April 26, 2018

[ Volcano ] Kilauea Summit Eruption video now available online

Kilauea Summit Eruption video now available online

Kīlauea Summit Eruption | Lava Returns to Halemaʻumaʻu

A new documentary video about Kīlauea Volcano's current summit eruption, with behind-the-scenes imagery of publicly inaccessible areas, is available from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
The ongoing eruption began in March 2008, when a new volcanic vent opened within Halema'uma'u, a crater at the summit of Kīlauea in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawaiʻi.
Through historical photos of past Halemaʻumaʻu eruptions and stunning 4K imagery of the current eruption, this 24-minute program tells the story of Kīlauea Volcano's summit lava lake—now one of the two largest lava lakes in the world. The video begins with a Hawaiian chant that expresses traditional observations of an active lava lake and reflects the connections between science and culture that continue on Kīlauea today.
The video briefly recounts the eruptive history of Halemaʻumaʻu and describes the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake. It features USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing their insights on the summit eruption—how they monitor the lava lake, how and why the lake level rises and falls, why explosive events occur, the connection between Kīlauea's ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions, and the impacts of the summit eruption on the Island of Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Available online at:

USGS Multimedia Gallery
USGS Publications Warehouse (215MB, 1.1GB, and 2.9GB)

4K B-roll footage acquired during filming for the video is also available online:

Janet Babb
Geologist / Public Information
U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


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