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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kilauea Lava Lake Rises In Recent Days

Above, a view of molten lava during our helicopter tour of Kilauea. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Back in May, while on the Big Island of Hawaii, we took a helicopter tour of the Kilauea volcano aboard Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

During the tour, we were treated to some good views of molten lava in a vent of the volcano. It was quite impressive.

An article by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald caught my attention at The Drudge Report about the recent activity of Kilauea volcano.

They wrote:
HONOLULU (AP) — The lava lake at the summit of Kilauea volcano has been rising in recent days, offering visitors a dramatic view of rolling, spattering hot rock. 
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory research scientist Don Swanson said Monday scientists don’t know exactly why the lava is this high. 
It’s relatively unusual, though. Lava overflowed onto the crater floor in May of last year, raising the rim that confines the lake by another 30 feet. Before last year, it was previously this high in 1974 and in the late 1960s.
Above, the Kilauea volcanic vent during our approach. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The article also includes a slideshow video of the lava lake.

To read more, go here.

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