Webcam - Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Kilauea volcano began erupting for the 3rd time in 2023 on September 10th, in Halema‘uma‘u crater.

From the northwest rim of the caldera, looking south.

Current Kilauea Summit Image

From the west rim of the summit caldera, looking east.

U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 9:45 AM HST (Saturday, September 16, 2023, 19:45 UTC)

Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Activity Summary:? Kiilauea volcano is not erupting. Over the past day seismicity has been low and no unusual activity has been observed at the summit or the Southwest and East Rift Zones. Kiilauea summit remains pressurized; in recent months unrest has escalated quickly, and an eruption could occur in the future with little warning.

Summit Observations:? Over the past 24 hours, seismicity in Kiilauea's summit region has been low, with approximately 25 small-magnitude earthquakes (less than M2) recorded beneath the caldera. However, periods of increased seismicity can be expected to continue during repressurization of the summit magma reservoir, which has been ongoing since the end of the September 2023 eruption.

Kiilauea's summit region remains at a high level of inflation. Summit tiltmeters at Uekahuna and Sand Hill have shown continued inflationary tilt over the past day.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas emission rates remain low. Field measurements indicated an SO2 emission rate of approximately 70 tonnes per day on January 17, which was similar to measurements in October, November, and early December.

The information statement released on October 23, 2023, provides additional information and context related to recent unrest at Kiilauea's summit:

A map summarizing recent unrest around Kiilauea's summit (activity from November 30, 2023 to January 8, 2024) can be found here:

Rift Zone Observations:? Seismicity in Kiilauea's East Rift Zone and Southwest Rift Zone remained low in the past 24 hours.

We continue to closely monitor the summit and both rift zones. No unusual activity has been noted along the middle and lower sections of Kiilauea's East Rift Zone. Measurements from continuous gas monitoring stations downwind of Pu?u?o?o in the middle East Rift Zone—the site of 1983–2018 eruptive activity—have been below detection limits for SO2, indicating that SO2?emissions from Pu?u?o?o are negligible.

Hazard Analysis:? Levels of volcanic gases (sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide) can remain locally hazardous even when Kiilauea is not erupting. Local concentrations of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and/or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) may persist in downwind areas, and residents may notice odors of these gases occasionally. Significant hazards also remain around Halema?uma?u from crater wall instability, ground cracking, and rockfalls that can be enhanced by earthquakes within the area closed to the public. For discussion of?Kiilauea?hazards, please see:?

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) continues to closely monitor Kiilauea volcano.

Next Notice: HVO will issue daily Kiilauea updates. Additional messages will be issued as needed.

Monitoring Data

Electronic Tilt at Kilauea Summit for the past month. Positive changes often indicate inflation of the magma storage
areas beneath the caldera, but may also result from heavy rainfall or, occasionally, instrumental malfunctions.
See the past week of Kilauea monitoring data

Time lapse video of lava lake change from November 29 back to October 2 (3 days after Sept 29 eruption)