Kilauea lava lake spills onto Halemaumau Crater floor

Kilauea lava lake spills onto Halemaumau Crater floor
A helicopter overflight shows the extent of the largest overflow (silver gray) of the lava lake (Image: USGS)

KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lava from Kilauea Volcano spilled onto the floor of Halemaumau Crater several times earlier this week, geologists say.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the lava lake rose high enough that lava briefly spilled starting Sunday through Monday morning. The spillage covered about a third of the crater floor with shiny black lava.

The lava lake was at the highest level in more than a year, the USGS said.

The area around Halemaumau remains closed to the public due to ongoing volcanic hazards.

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