Lava Flows From Kilauea Volcano Into 'Lava Lake'

Official footage from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island shows continuous lava flow into a “lava lake” in the early morning hours on Saturday, December 26.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), this video shows the western and northern fissure vents of the Halema‘uma‘u crater gushing lava into the lake between 2 and 5 am on Saturday morning.

By December 25, scientists said the lake was 577 feet deep.

Officials issued a warning about the “deadly consequences” of entering closed areas at the site after the eruption sparked an increase in visitor numbers. “Dozens” of citations were issued by park authorities to those disregarding safety rules, reports said.

The volcano erupted on December 20. Credit: USGS Volcanoes via Storyful