Hawaii Volcano Creates Huge Lava Lake

After erupting over and over again for 35 years (1983 to 2018), Hawaii's Kilauea volcano finally seemed to lose steam, making no lava for nearly two years. Then, on December 20, 2020, the volcano began throwing out lava--lots of it and big gas and steam puffs from a fissure in the northwest wall of the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.

As of December 31, 2020, the volcano had ejected over 953 million cubic feet of molten rock — enough to fill more than 8,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools — and replaced the existing water lake with a nearly 600-foot-deep lava lake.

Fortunately, the magma is contained inside the volcano's crater and did not pose a risk to people or property as it did in 2018, when the molten rock flowed through a neighborhood, destroying over 700 homes. So whenever you can, tell people about Kilauea and its lava lake!


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