Big Island Volcano Provides Show for Visitors
Volcano, Hawaii, August 4 (DHN) – Visitors to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park had a big surprise when a lava pond began overflowing yesterday afternoon at the Big Island Volcano. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the lava overflow began at 2:20 pm and lasted for an hour before the Pu’u O’o Crater floor collapsed, along with the lava lake inside the crater, resulting in two new lava flows. The two new rivers of lava are advancing down the south flank of the Kilauea volcano, yet the lava flows pose no threat or hazard to residents of the area. Due to the new lava flows, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has closed the Chain of Craters Road at Crater Rim Drive until further notice. This recent development in volcanic activity, and subsequent collapse of the crater, has been constantly monitored by scientists with USGS over the last two months.