Lava seen spattering from surface of Kilauea volcano lake

Video still courtesy USGS

It’s a sight to see, as lava at Kilaeua volcano on Hawaii Island is rising again.

The lava lake within the Halemaumau overlook on the volcano’s summit has risen to its highest levels in a little over a year.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the lake of fire has risen high enough so that those at the visitor outlooks can see the lava spewing out.

“Within this circulating lava lake, a lot of spattering occurs,” said observatory geologist Janet Babb, “so it can be quite scenic with molten lava spattering off the surface of the lake.”

The HVO says the lake was beginning to deflate on Sunday, but expects the lake to build up again over the week.

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