High lava level reported at Kilauea volcano summit

May 17, 2012HAWAII - Scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are reporting a  relatively high lava lake level at the Halema`uma`u crater vent over the past two days, following a summit inflation at Kilauea. HVO says the summit lava lake is deep within a 520 foot diameter cylindrical vent with nearly vertical sides inset within the east wall and floor of Halema`uma`u Crater. The lava level level fluctuates from about 200 feet to a level that puts it out of sight below the floor of Halema`uma`u Crater. The vent has been mostly active since opening with a small explosive event on March 19, 2008. Most recently, the lava level of the lake has remained below an inner ledge (200 ft below the floor of Halema`uma`u Crater on May 9, 2012) and responded to summit tilt changes with the lake receding during deflation and rising during inflation. – Big Island News
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3 Responses to High lava level reported at Kilauea volcano summit

  1. Rob says:

    Not surprising at all when one looks at the level of seismic activity there as of late.

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    • robert medina says:

      Kilauea has been erupting for years. The Lava Lake, depending on pressure will rise and fall. Mother nature decides!!!

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  2. LA says:

    From the Big Island: Not a big deal. More for tourists to see. Minor rumbles and lava flows are just a part of life here.

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