Halemaʻumaʻu Lava Lake Lurks Near Surface

In recent days, the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater has been at a relatively high level.

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

This view, looking roughly north-northeast, shows typical behavior, with lava rising into the lake at the distant end opposite the photographer, and sinking all along the base of the crater wall in the foreground and at right. Within this zone of subduction is a site of persistent spattering at the southeast edge of the lava lake, visible at the right edge of the photograph.

Zoomed-in view of the spattering at the southeast corner of the lava lake. The vent wall is overhung in this area.

Zoomed-in view of the spattering at the southeast corner of the lava lake. The vent wall is overhung in this area.

On the morning of January 7 when this photo was taken, the lake was about 35 m or 114 ft below the rim.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I do this to keep the spammers away * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.