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Halema'uma'u Crater Lava Lake

Kilauea Volcano. Big Island, Hawaii, April 11 2016
Since 2008, the Halema'uma'u crater at Kilauea has held an active lava lake. The authorities have the area blocked and I didn't want to go through the blockade and get into trouble, so I had little choice but to photograph it from the lookout point at the Jaggar Museum. Normally, I prefer to get a LOT closer.

The Halema'uma'u Overlook is closed, as are hiking trails that lead to the crater. Crater Rim Drive is closed between the Observatory and Chain of Craters Road because of sulfur dioxide gas emissions.

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