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Spectacular lava show from Halemaumau

VOLCANO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released some incredible images from Kilauea Thursday.  The video was taken on the western side of the lava lake at Halemaumau crater and scientists described the spattering as "impressive." 

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View slideshow of Kilauea lava show.

In the video you can see bursts which throw lava onto a ledge, scientists say that lava is building a spatter rampart. Scientists report that the spattering shifted last night to a more "typical" position in the east and south part of the lake.

The lava lake at Kilauea's summit was about 215 feet below the floor of Halemaumau crater Thursday.

Surface flows from new breakouts advanced but had not reached the ocean as of Thursday.

The summit lava lake is located deep within a 520 foot cylindrical vent with nearly vertical sides within the east wall and floor of Halemaumau Crater.

According to scientists the vent has been mostly active since opening with a small explosive event on March 19, 2008.

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