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HVO: Largest overflow occurs at Kilauea's lava lake

Published: May. 2, 2015 at 3:41 PM HST|Updated: May. 2, 2015 at 4:39 PM HST
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Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say Kilauea's lava lake overflowed onto the floor of Halema'umau Crater several times over the past day.

The largest overflow occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, and enlarged the area of overflows surrounding the active lava lake.

On Friday afternoon the lava lake level was measured at approximately 4 meters (yards) above the original (pre-overflow) floor of Halema?uma?u Crater. The recent overflows have accumulated and built the rim of the Overlook crater up several meters (yards) above the original floor of Halema?uma?u Crater.

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