Lava Spurts From Kilauea Volcano's Halemaumau Crater

Jim Kauahikaua
Jim Kauahikaua
Cindy Orlando
Cindy Orlando

HALEMAUMAU (KHNL) -- For the first time in more than 25 years, lava spurts from Kilauea Volcano's Halemaumau Crater.

Scientists say the lava came from a 100-foot-wide vent that's opened in Halemaumau, you can see that vent with the ash spewing from it. Ash is spewing from a new gas vent, turning the formerly white clouds of fumes -- to a dusty brown.

The crater also ejected particles overnight - which included motlen lava.

Though a small amount, this is the first lava to erupt anywhere in Halemaumau since 1982.

The Volcano Observatory is closely monitoring the activity happening at the crater.

And they've warned the community about the volcanic ash now in the air.

"The windborne ash can be deposited in fairly distant places," said Jim Kauahikaua of the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory. "We've alerted Civil Defense to that possibility and this particular cloud has been moving toward communities in the southwest and potentially over in Kona, although it's so new we're not exactly sure how far the ash will go."

"This is a historic and unique opportunity for those of you who have never visited the park to witness something that we have not seen in many, many decades," said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

The new vent from Halemaumau is now 100-feet across.

The largest fragments of molten rock scientists found on the crater rim Tuesday, are just four-inches.