Lava Lake at Kīlauea Volcano is 82 Acres, 623 Feet Deep
Lava activity at the Kīlauea Volcano on Hawaiʻi Island remains confined to the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the lake lava lake is now 623 feet deep and 82 acres in size. Lava continues to erupt from vents on the northwest side of the crater, resulting in a continued elevated level of SO2 emission rates.
The HVO reports that summit tiltmeters recorded weak deflationary tilt over the past three days. Seismicity remained elevated but stable, with steady elevated tremor and a few minor earthquakes, according to HVO scientists.
The agency issued an update today saying the upper portion of the East Rift Zone (between the summit and Puʻu ʻŌʻō) contracted while the summit deflated at the onset of this eruption. “There is no seismic or deformation data to indicate that additional magma is currently moving into either of Kīlauea’s rift zones,” according to the report.
“The lake is now perched about a meter above its narrow edges as measured yesterday morning (Jan. 3); overflows onto the narrow edge slowly elevated a low wall around the lake similar to an above-ground swimming pool,” the HVO reports.
Near-real time webcam views of the lava lake can be found here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html.