Kīlauea is currently active at two locations—the summit and east rift zone.
Volcanic activity since June 2007 is outlined below.
Black dates are summit events. Red dates are east rift or Pu`u `Ō `ō events.
Links below each date provide information about the events.
East Rift Zone Pu`u `Ō `ō
August 9 - After almost six weeks of darkness, the summit vent is once again emitting a faint orange glow
July 2-4 - Lava briefly reappears in Kīlauea's summit vent but disappears again during a deflation-inflation (DI) event that began on July 4th; the summit plume is thin and wispy and the vent remains dark through the rest of the month
July - Lava flows in the Royal Gardens subdivision burn another abandoned structure, the 207th to be destroyed by Kīlauea's ongoing east rift eruption; the Waikupanaha and Kupapa'u ocean entries remain active through mid-July, but the Kupapa'u entry dies during a deflation-inflation (DI) event that started on July 16
June 30 - Large collapse and rockfalls within Kīlauea's summit vent in Halema'uma'u Crater chokes the vent with rocky rubble and enlarges the opening to 132 m (433 feet) across; the nighttime glow emitted from the vent disappears
June - Churning lava in Kīlauea's summit vent creates a bright glow visible from the Jaggar Museum Overlook throughout the month; laser-ranging measurements in early June determined that the lava surface is 205 m (670 ft) below the floor of Halema'uma'u Crater
May-June - Lava erupted from Kīlauea's east rift continues to flow into the ocean at Waikupanaha and Kupapa'u; surface flows occasionally break out of the lava tube and encroach on the Royal Gardens subdivision, burying three abandoned structures in June
May - Small collapses and rockfalls continue within Kīlauea's summit vent, often resulting in dusty brown plumes; molten lava in the vent produces a nighttime glow visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook
April 29 - Small collapse reopens partly crusted summit vent; the wind blows a dusting of ash over an area that includes Kīlauea Visitor Center and parts of Volcano Village
April 2 - Lava continues to flow into the ocean at two entries—Waikupanaha and Kupapa`u
March 25 - A small collapse in the Halema'uma'u vent creates a robust brown plume and blankets the crater rim with ash; after the dust settles, thermal images reveal cycles of lava lake filling and draining in the vent
March 19 - Lava reaches the sea at Kupapa`u near the eastern boundary of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
March 19 - Happy Anniversary! Kīlauea's summit vent in Halema`uma`u Crater exploded to life one year ago today
January 22 - After a six-week pause, Halema`uma`u vent is once again dusting nearby areas with ash and glowing intermittently
January 18 - Measurements show that recent rim collapses enlarged the summit vent to 115 m (377 feet);
January 8 - East rift eruption continues with pāhoehoe lava flows on the coastal plain and a robust ocean entry near Kalapana; active lobe approaching eastern boundary of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
January 1 - New Year rings in with decreasing activity at Kīlauea's summit; little or no tephra is being ejected from the Halema'uma'u vent, but the summit remains in a state of unrest with elevated sulfur dioxide emissions and seismic tremor
December 31 - Infrared images reveal that a once-open conduit in Kīlauea's summit vent is filled with rocky rubble
December 21 - Summit sulfur dioxide emissions and seismic tremor increase and remain elevated above background levels
December 16 - Lava flows inch toward the eastern boundary of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and then stall
December 15 - Volume of tephra erupted from summit vent plummets; ejected rock fragments are no longer derived from molten lava
December 4 - Large collapse chokes summit vent with rocky rubble; plume becomes wispy and translucent; sulfur dioxide emissions drop to lowest levels since late 2007, but remain elevated; seismic tremor declines to background levels; vent no longer glows at night
November 25 - Halema`uma`u eruption exceeds the 251-day record set in 1967-68 and is now the longest summit eruption since 1924
October 16 - One of last two occupied homes in Royal Gardens Subdivision is buried by lava flows
October 12 and 14 - Two more explosive eruptions in Halema'uma'u eject fragments of frothy lava on to crater rim above the vent
June-July - A pulse of magma moving through Kīlauea's east rift zone results in spattering vents and a small pond of lava in Pu`u `Ō `ō, lava fountains gushing from the TEB tube, channelized 'a'ā flows in Royal Gardens, and large littoral explosions at Kīlauea's ocean entry near Kalapana