As you watch this VIDEO CLIP, note the rocky ledge (yellow arrow) at the bottom of the webcam image. At 6:58 a.m., HST, today, this large slab of the summit vent
wall, located directly below HVO's HMcam, collapsed. Rocks falling into the lava lake
triggered a small explosive event that bombarded the rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater with spatter (fragments of molten lava
), similar to Monday's (Nov. 28) event. These rockfalls and explosions, which occur without warning, in addition to sulfur dioxide gas emissions, are why this hazardous area remains closed.