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Kīlauea Summit Water Resources

Ponded water first appeared at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, in late July 2019, and has slowly deepened since then. For more information about the water at the summit of Kīlauea:
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News Media contact: askHVO@usgs.gov Kilauea summit crater water pond depth past year

Status of Current Kīlauea Activity

"Volcano Watch" articles about Kīlauea Summit Water

USGS Videos about Kīlauea Summit Water

Notable Media Coverage of Kīlauea Summit Water

  • On December 3, 2019, HVO research geologist Matt Patrick updated the Hawai‘i County Council on the Halema‘uma‘u crater lake at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. The presentation, which was requested by the council, also summarized the implications of the crater lake for hazards. See the full presentation on Big Island Video News.
  • On August 21, 2019, HVO geophysicist Jim Kauahikaua discussed the water pond in Halema‘uma‘u and what it means in a 19-minute "Island Conversations" interview aired on Hawai‘i radio stations. Listen to the full interview at B93/B97 or Big Island Video News, which includes a transcription.