Scientists Monitor Rising Lava Lake at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Posted on June 12, 2011

Scientists in Hawaii are monitoring a lava lake located deep within the Halema'uma'u crater on the Kilauea volcano. The level of lava has been rising and there are concerns it could overflow. You can get the very latest information on Kilauea here on the USGS website. This video from the US Geological Survey shows lava pouring into the lava lake and disrupting its crust. The USGS says the lake is about 150 meters (164 yards) wide. Take a look:

Hawaii Magazine reports that scientists are also on tracking the rise of a perched lava lake in the Puu Oo crater on Kilauea.