Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kilauea volcano, Halemaumau vent eruption has escalated in recent days. The vent has started to overflow onto the crater floor. It’s quickly building into a perched lava lake. This could lead to all kinds of possibilities like filling the crater, large fountain vents, hornitos, it’s going to be interesting. Historic eruptions like this back in the 1800’s into the early 1900’s lasted 100 years. Might need to expand the parking lot if this follows suite. Or a shuttle system.
What you are seeing is the filled vents boiling lava lake. The sounds are from rocks and gases being releases. The dark crusted plates are constantly moving and bumping into each other. That’s much of the clanking sounds. As the lava circulates within the lake gases release. The lake has since overflowed covering a huge part of the crater floor. It has a long ways to go to fill the crater. It’s presently 280′ deep.
The viewing area is 1.2 miles away so, no close up shots can be had. When fewer people are there the sounds of rocks clanking or falling can easily be heard. Even some jetting sounds. Also crackling from the thermal expansion of the rocks above the boiling lake.
The video below is as much about the subtle sounds of the lava lake as it is the visual. Watch at full HD setting with headphones.
Shot with my Nikon D800, Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 lens and a Rode VideoMic Pro. Dolica professional tripod.
4-27-15 Nikon D800 video Halemaumau crater and vent.
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Be sure to view my images of past large perched lava lakes I was able to get up close to. Visit the links below. As it stands now, you won’t be seeing images nearly as good as what I shot years ago. The current viewing area is too far away.
Video 2011 lava lake (Crude shot with a cheap Casio Point and Shoot)
These were very rare opportunities that took tremendous effort to capture but, it was also extremely rewarding. The 2007 hike to the new and growing perched lava lakes came right on the heels of a 18 mile rt hike to Pu’u O’o vent where the fissure first opened. I hiked back down stopped at a friends for some sleep then we both did the 16+ mile hike to these lakes that would eventually turn into the TEB vent. I was pretty tired returning from the second hike.
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Now for my usual warning.
Stay away from Pu’u O’o vent as its extremely unstable and there’s nothing to see anyway. The vent is constantly filled with thick fumes obscuring any possible views into the vent. Toxic fumes regularly surround the vent too. Visit Jaggar Museum and enjoy being able to view the distant lava lake safely and conveniently. Leave the drone home as national parks are a “No fly zone”.