(BIVN) – The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is providing a new view at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.
“Following the dramatic events of 2018, Kīlauea is now relatively quiet,” the scientists wrote on the front page of the HVO website recently. “But it remains an active volcano that will erupt again, so it is wise to stay informed about its status, along with other active Hawaiian volcanoes.”
One of the best ways to stay informed is through the use of the many USGS webcams stationed around the volcano. Recently, a temporary monitoring camera was installed on the west rim of the Kīlauea caldera. The cam provides views looking east toward the bottom of the recently enlarged Halema‘uma‘u crater.
“However,” scientists wrote, “the deepest part of crater is not visible from this vantage point. Because this is a temporary installation, the view angle can slightly change whenever the camera is serviced.”
The view can be seen on the USGS HVO website.
The crater from left to right is approximately 1 km, or 0.6 miles, across. USGS says the depth of the crater in the visible image from the rim is several hundred meters.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory hopes to install a permanent webcam at this site in the coming months.