Halema’uma’u Lava Lake Continues to Rise
The level of the lava lake in Halema’uma’u rises and falls with ongoing inflation and deflation cycles. Lately, each inflation cycle brings the lake level a little higher. In the photo above, the lava lake was about 138 feet (42 meters) from the floor of the crater. Over the last two days, the lake level has reached 110 feet (33 meters).
This photo was taken on October 18, 2012 via a USGS webcam positioned at the old Halema’uma’u Lookout that was destroyed when the vent opened up in March 2008. This area is now closed to the public due to the extremely hazardous volcanic activity, however the night viewing from the Jaggar Museum is quite spectacular.
You may view the live USGS webcam on-line here.