Kilauea volcano (Hawaii): caldera and lava lake Sep 2016

Impressions from Kilauea's caldera with the active lava lake inside the Halema'uma'u crater in mid Sep 2016. The level of the lake was so high that the lava could be easily seen from the HVO observatory's Jagger lookout.
Foggy conditions and cloudy skies near the northern rim of the inner summit caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Foggy conditions and cloudy skies near the northern rim of the inner summit caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfe... [info]
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Steam vents are found in numerous spots at this location. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam vents are found in numerous spots at this location. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The steam plume from Halema'uma'u's lava lake in the left center of the image seems to be just another cloud. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The steam plume from Halema'uma'u's lava lake in the left center of the image seems to be just anoth... [info]
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As night falls, the lava lake illuminates the cloud above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As night falls, the lava lake illuminates the cloud above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Halema'uma'u crater with the red glow of the lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Halema'uma'u crater with the red glow of the lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Clouds become thicker and at night, the sky above the caldera is illuminated red. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Clouds become thicker and at night, the sky above the caldera is illuminated red. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
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The lava lake has risen high enough that parts of it are visible from the Jagger lookout. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake has risen high enough that parts of it are visible from the Jagger lookout. (Photo: To... [info]
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Small ohia trees form silhouettes against the red glow from the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small ohia trees form silhouettes against the red glow from the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ohia tree silhouette (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ohia tree silhouette (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A thunderstorm looms south of the summit caldera and the sky is getting more densely covered. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A thunderstorm looms south of the summit caldera and the sky is getting more densely covered. (Photo... [info]
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The moon is briefly visible through a window in the clouds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The moon is briefly visible through a window in the clouds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Distant lightnings illuminate the cloud deck above the red steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Distant lightnings illuminate the cloud deck above the red steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Wind has almost stopped and rain sets in - the reddish steam plume rises almost vertically from the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wind has almost stopped and rain sets in - the reddish steam plume rises almost vertically from the ... [info]
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A few days later at dusk. (c)
A few days later at dusk. (c) [info]
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Easterly winds push the steam plume over the western half of the caldera. (c)
Easterly winds push the steam plume over the western half of the caldera. (c) [info]
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Brightly illuminated Halema'uma'u crater at night. (c)
Brightly illuminated Halema'uma'u crater at night. (c) [info]
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