As dangerous as a volcanic eruption can be, there is something mesmerizing about the burning lava flows that come out of the crater. It's almost as if nature was sketching with fire. Beyond the thrilling visuals, vulcanologists around the world rely on cameras situated strategically close to these sites to monitor any activity. As one of the one of the world's most active (and famous) volcanoes, the Kilauea constantly posits a threat to the inhabitants of Hawaii. To keep tabs on it, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers a 24/7 Kīlauea Volcano Live Stream from the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
With a long history of activity, the Kilauea erupted again this month. By the afternoon of June 7, the initial lava flows were between 13 and 30 feet high and covered about 370 acres of the crater floor. This prompted the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) to upgrade the Volcano Alert Level to Red, which indicates potential hazards. While the Halemaʻumaʻu crater has been closed to the public since 2007, volcanic smog can cause health issues for people and livestock, as well as damages to crops. As of June 12, the alert level has been decreased to level watch and color code orange.
The good news for now is that the eruption is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu crater within Kīlauea's summit caldera, and it doesn't pose an immediate threat to populated areas. This has inspired many adventurers to flock to the area to marvel at this phenomenon. It is considered a sacred event by Native Hawaiian culture, so it’s important to be respectful should you plan a trip to the area.
For those hoping to watch the eruption unfold from the comfort of their homes, the Kīlauea Volcano Live Stream offers some thrilling vistas, which are even more spectacular at dusk and dawn. You can join the live stream here. To learn more about the Kilauea and other active volcanoes, visit the USGS website.