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Kīlauea summit lava lake level drops with deflation

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Just before 10:00 a.m. today (Monday, April 30), a break in the weather allowed HVO's webcam to capture this image of the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea. Following multiple overflows of the lava lake last week, the lake level dropped over the weekend in concert with the switch to summit deflation. Early this morning, the lava lake level was estimated to be about 15 m (49 feet) below the vent rim, but shortly thereafter, the summit switched to inflation, so the lake level could rise in the coming hours/days.


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