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Lava began to erupt on the floor of Halemaumau on September 29, 2021. A lava lake now exists on the floor. It is the largest lava lake to appear at Kilauea in more than fifty years. The surface of the lake is now rising slowly at a rate of about six feet per day.

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Glow of the lava lake reflected off overhanging steam clouds. The broad profile of Mauna Loa is in the distance. Venus is the bright object in the evening sky.

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Eruption within Halema`uma`u Crater. The profile of Mauna Loa is in the background.

The light of glowing lava reflected off the walls of Halema`uma`u.