At approximately 3:15 a.m./p.m. HST on September 10, 2023 the eruption started within Halemaʻumaʻu crater within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The eruption was preceded by a period of strong seismicity and rapid uplift of the summit
Video credit: USGS + AP
How to see the eruption yourself: 1: From far away (through video live-stream) 2: From up-close (if you are in Hawaiʻi already)
The best view of the lava lake is for people watching it online! The Hawaii Volcano Observatory installed a webcam in a location that is off-limits to park visitors with GREAT views of the current eruption. Click the link below to see the livestream
The best way to see the lava from this eruption is from one of the many official viewpoints around the Halemaʻumaʻu crater. See our lava viewing guide linked below for more details
– Where? All eruptive activity is taking place within the Halemaʻumaʻu carter, inside the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. – How? The best way to see the lava from this eruption is from one of the official viewpoints around the Halemaʻumaʻu crater. – How to avoid the crowds? The best time to see the lava is when its dark. One or 2 hours before sunrise is the best time to skip the crowds, bit late at night (after 10 pm) is a good alternative if you don't like to wake up early. Sunset viewing is of course also possible, but you are likely to be stuck in a traffic jam together with other lava enthusiasts if you visit the park between 6 pm and 9 pm. – Prepare in advance: Don't forget your flashlight, warm attire, rain gear, and sturdy shoes. Keep an eye on the weather as rain and fog can obstruct the eruption view.
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