HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – An small explosion occurred at the summit of Kilauea volcano just before noon Monday.
Scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say a rockfall from the south wall of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater triggered a small explosive event in the summit lava lake at 11:59 a.m.
Fragments of molten lava were thrown up onto the rim of the crater. The incident was recorded on video by USGS webcams.
The spatter landed mostly to the west of the former visitor overlook, scientists report. “This area has been closed to the public since 2008 due to ongoing volcanic hazards, including explosive events like the one that happened today,” USGS wrote in an afternoon posting to its website.
The level of the lava lake remains relatively high, and was measured at 31 feet below the adjacent floor of Halemaʻumaʻu crater earlier this morning. Seismic tremor at the summit persisted throughout the day with small fluctuations in amplitude, USGS says, while summit inflationary tilt has slowed.