PHOTOS: Favorable weather allows rare view of Hawaii's lava lake

Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 at 1:21 PM HST
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Image: USGS
Image: USGS

KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - South winds permitted clear views into one of Hawaii's natural beauties recently: the lava lake from Kilauea Volcano's active flow on the Big Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a portion of 'Overlook' crater, which is typically obscured by thick fume, is clearly visible. A photograph provided by the USGS shows bright orange lava beneath an overlook to the lava lake in Halema'uma'u crater.

Also clearly visible are parallel lines around the edge of the lake. According to the USGS, the lines are thin deposits of lava that mark recent levels of the lava lake, much like bathtub rings. The lava lake reached record levels in October 2012.

Thirty years ago, lava began spewing from the East Rift Zone of the Kilauea Volcano, or the Pu'u O'o Crater, and the flow has been continuous ever since.

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