The lava lake at Kilauea Volcano has risen to its record level since May 2015.
The lava lake surface was measured at 13 m (43 ft) on September 9, 2016 and reached 5–6 m (16–20 ft) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, early on September 10, 2016.
Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and from its East Rift Zone. The lava lake at Kīlauea’s summit has risen to its highest level since May 2015 in tandem with continued summit inflation, which is ongoing since 2010.
The high lava level increases the possibility of rock-fall-triggered explosions capable of showering the Halemaʻumaʻu rim above the lake with molten lava.
There were no significant changes in summit seismicity over the past day, while volcanic tremor amplitudes continue to fluctuate in association with lava lake spattering.
Average daily summit sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged from 4,000 to 6,300 metric tons/day over the past week.
The 61g lava flow fed from Puʻu ʻŌʻō in the East Rift Zone continues to enter the ocean at Kamokuna but poses no threat to nearby communities.