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New video, photos show lava spattering at Kilauea

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The area of lava spattering in the north end of Halemaumau Crater spanned roughly 100 feet of the lake.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The two new flows that broke out on the flanks of Puu Oo crater on May 24 remained active early this morning. In this Friday photo, the flows were spreading laterally near the vent, but making little forward progress.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The summit lava lake in Halemaumau Crater was at a high level earlier in the week, and partly visible from the Jaggar Museum Overlook at times.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    Two spattering areas were active Thursday in Halemaumau Crater, one along the north margin and another in the southeast corner of the lake.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new photos and video of the Kilauea eruption as the lava lake in Kilauea began to rise again today and two new lava flows from Puu Oo continued to spread out.

The flows were about .78 miles from Puu Oo and are not threatening any populated areas, but glow from the lava may be visible at night.

The flows are widening, rather than advancing forward to the northwest and southeast of the crater. They extend about .78 miles from the crater and are within previous flow fields.

Geologists said Kilauea began inflating Friday, leading to a slight rise in the lava lake level on the floor of Halemaumau Crater.

The lava lake was about 130 feet below the crater floor today and Friday.

Earlier in the week, the lake level rose to about 80 feet below the crater floor and spattering was visible from the Jagger Museum overlook.

The U.S. Geological Survey released video taken at Halemaumau Thursday that shows spattering, caused by gas bubbles bursting on the surface of the lava lake, sending lava particles up to 80 feet in the air.

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