Video: Kilauea Volcano rockfall causes lava lake explosion
Monday, December 5, 2016, 3:21 - A rockfall from the south wall of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater triggered a small explosive event in the summit lava lake.
The video featured above, recorded by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s webcam on the crater rim, shows the explosion.
The explosion threw fragments of molten lava onto the rim of the crater, mostly to the west of the former visitor overlook.
The incident was the second last week after another slab of the wall along the same crater collapsed on November 28, hurling lava and boulders hundreds of feet into the air, Honolulu Star Adviser reported.
This area has been closed to the public since 2008 due to ongoing volcanic hazards, including explosive events like the one that happened Monday, November 28, 2016.
Video/Photos courtesy of USGS/HVO.
Source: USGS, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory/United States Geological Survey (USGS) via Storyful