Kilauea’s crater lake continues to grow at summit

Kilauea’s crater lake continues to grow at summit
A laser rangefinder is used to measure the distance between the lake surface and the person holding the laser rangefinder on the crater rim, allowing the slow rise of the crater lake to be tracked through time. (Source: USGS photo by K. Mulliken)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - HVO scientists continue to monitor Kilauea’s summit lake on near-daily trips.

The large rock that was visible at the eastern end of the lake on November 28 is now submerged, and the water level continues to slowly rise.

The large rock that was visible is marked by a white circle on left photo. It is now submerged.
The large rock that was visible is marked by a white circle on left photo. It is now submerged. (Source: USGS photo by K. Mulliken)

Thursday, the distance between the water surface and the crater rim was measured at about 1972 feet.

When measured last month the dimensions of the lake were around 233-236 feet (north-south) and 515-518 feet (east-west).

Geologists started tracking the water in the bottom of Halemaumau crater this summer.

It is the first time in recorded history that water has appeared in the crater.

Kilauea had a major eruption last year that caused the collapse of the crater to below the water table.

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