New timelapse video shows dramatic transformation at Kilauea's summit

KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The summit of Kilauea looks dramatically different than it did just a few months ago.

New timelapse video underscores the scale of that transformation.

In April, the lava lake at the summit was so high it was overflowing onto the floor of the caldera and could be spotted on a summit webcam.

Today, after the draining of the lava lake at the summit, a long line of explosive eruptions, and the slumping and collapse of the caldera floor, the volume of Halemaumau Crater is now more than seven times larger than it was.

Explosions at the summit are now almost daily, generating significant earthquakes that have caused their own damage.

Amid the ongoing volcanic activity, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed — and it's unlikely to re-open anytime soon.

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