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Observatory releases new lava lake photos

  • COURTESY: HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
    The new lava lake in Pu‘u ‘?‘? has buried much of the floor of the crater. Most of the lava is at the east end of the lake (lower right) and flows toward the west, much like the lava lake prior to the August 3 flank breakout and crater collapse.
  • COURTESY: HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
    The new lava lake has become slightly perched above the surrounding crater floor, forming an elevated pond held in by levees.
  • COURTESY: HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
    The new lava lake looks similar to the lava lake that was in Puu Oo prior to the Aug. 3 breakout.
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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has released new pictures of a lava lake that’s formed in Puu Oo crater, since the Aug. 3 breakout that caused the crater floor to collapse and a created a new lava flow on the volcano’s flank.

Since then, lava has filled much of the collapsed area and a new lava lake, perched above the floor is visible. The crater floor dropped about 245 feet below the crater’s east rim on Aug. 3. Lava poured out of a new vent on the west side of Puu Oo, until the flow slowed a few days later.

Lava flowed from east to west within the perched lake and another lava source opened within the crater Monday night, scientists said.

The photos, released over the weekend, show the elevated lake, which looks  similar to Puu Oo crater before the Aug 3 floor collapse.

Lava lake levels are also rising at Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea.

 

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