Aerial Footage From Above Kilauea Shows Lava Lake, Active West Vent

A flyover by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on Monday, December 28, of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island shows the still-active lava lake and west vent just over a week after the volcano first erupted.

According to the USGS, the helicopter flew over the volcano at 9.30 am local time to provide these aerial views of the activity inside Kilauea’s Halema‘uma‘u crater.

“This video shows the lava lake and active west vent,” the USGS said. “The spatter rampart built by the northern/eastern vent that is no longer erupting is visible on the crater wall. Visual and thermal imagery collected during the overflight are used to map the ongoing activity.” Credit: USGS via Storyful