Perched lava lake rising higher in Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater in Hawaii

July 2, 2011HAWAII – The rise of the lava lake and infilling of the crater is setting the stage for interesting times ahead. In the coming weeks to months, it seems likely that lava will fill Pu‘u ‘O‘o to overflowing, unless yet another collapse of the crater floor occurs as the supply of magma to Pu‘u ‘O‘o central vents is interrupted. Such interruptions could be caused, for example, by the opening of new vents on the flanks of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, or by the opening of a new eruptive fissure, like the Kamoamoa fissure, uprift or downrift from Pu‘u ‘O‘o. The current activity is very similar to that occurring prior to the Kamoamoa eruption in March. The culmination of the present slow-filling of Pu‘u ‘O‘o remains unwritten, but either scenario—collapse and a new outbreak or overflows—will be interesting. –Hawaii 24/7
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5 Responses to Perched lava lake rising higher in Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater in Hawaii

  1. Joshua says:

    This could be catastrophic too, I do have an indication of that outcome,…

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  2. another one about hawaii this is freaky

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  3. Tamara says:

    Just thought I would leave a Wikipedia link of the history of Pu u Oo …. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu%CA%BBu_%CA%BB%C5%8C%CA%BB%C5%8D

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  4. Steve says:

    This is just normal Kīlauea activity. Ebbed and flowed over the past twenty plus years. Much less destructive than it was last year when lava covered more homes and was flowing into the ocean.

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