Video courtesy Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory – USGS | Voice of Tim Bryan
The glow of lava at the summit of Kilauea is the brightest its been since October 2008.
The Jagger Museum, which overlooks Halema`uma`u crater inside the National Park, is staying open until 8 pm to accommodate the increase in visitors.
The expanding vent in the crater confirms that lava is close to the surface of the summit.
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory captured this rare view of active lava inside the vent on June 3rd.
Lava about 100 meters below is seen emerging in the upper right and flowing towards the lower left. You can see surface is being disrupted by a chaos of waves and spattering.
Scientists say there is no way to tell if this activity will lead to lava fountaining at the summit.