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New video shows lava lake spattering at Kilauea

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    In this photo taken Thursday, lava wells up into the lake nears its northern edge, which is out of sight to the left, and generally flows to the south where it sinks back down along the margin of the lake. The lake surface crusts over quickly as it cools, forming dark, flexible crustal plates separated by spreading zones that reveal molten lava.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The lava lake was spattering in two places along its southeast edge on Thursday when this photo was taken.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This image taken from a video on Friday shows activity in the summit lava lake in Halemaumau Crater.

Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new video this weekend showing lava spattering at Kilauea.

The lake level at Halemaumau Crater remained high, about 39 feet below the lake rim this morning. That’s high enough that the lava spattering is visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook, which is open to the public.

The video released this weekend was taken from the rim of Halemaumau, in an area closed to the public because of the danger of a lava explosion.

The lava lake in the crater is about 820 feet long and 590 feet wide. The vent opened in 2008, the first eruption in Halemaumau in almost a century.

On Oct. 15, the lava lake rose above its rim and lava flowed on the crater floor briefly before the lake receded below the rim.

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