KILAUEA LAVA LAKE SUNRISE
Kilauea is the most active volcano in the United States and is the heart of Volcanoes National Park on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. What most people think of as the volcano’s crater, is just a small part of the much larger Kilauea Caldera. This crater is the Halema’uma’u crater and has and still contains a lava lake. This image was taken at sunrise in January of 2016, and while the lava lake it self was not visible, it produced a very evident glow and steam. In 2018 the East Rift Zone of Kilauea experienced significant activity in the vicinity of Pu’u ‘O’o resulting in large lava flows and the lava lake in Halema’uma’u being drained and the crater collapsing (became larger) and filled partially with water in 2019. In December 2020, an eruption event began in the Halema’uma’u crater resulting in the water lake being boiled off and the crater filling with lava again. With the 2018 collapse of Halema’ma’u and the return of the lava lake in 2020-2021, the lava lake is now very visible. Resolution of the source images is 2336 x3504.
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This piece is currently on display at PhysioCare Physical Therapy in Duvall, WA as an 18″ x 12″ Satin Silver Metal Print.