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Hawaii volcano offers view of rolling, spattering lava

(Image: USGS) (Image: USGS)

HONOLULU (AP) - The lava lake at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is rising, 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.

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 last this high in the 1974 and in the late 1960s.

Swanson says the lake is particularly colorful to watch at night. That's when visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can see the glow of the molten rock spattering along the lake's edge.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983. It is one of the world's most active volcanoes.

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