The U.S. Geological Survey reported Monday via a Kilauea eruption status update that lava lake levels within the Halemaumau Crater once again reached record levels on Sunday.
The lava climbed to within 110 feet of the crater floor on Sunday, according to the online report posted Monday at 9:07 a.m.
That marked the latest milestone in a busy couple of weeks in which the lava lake has been rising and falling continuously within the crater, moving ever higher.
Experts say that should the lava come to within 65 feet of the crater floor, the lake will most likely be visible from the overlook at Jaggar Museum within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
That would mark a first for the crater, which was formed following an explosive eruption on March 19, 2008.
Also found in the report, a small collapse of rock into the north portion of the lava lake triggered a small explosion of spatter at 11:47 a.m. Additionally, small amount of ash-sized tephra (made up of mostly fresh spatter bits and Pele’s hair, or fine strands of glass) was carried out of the vent in the gas plume and deposited on nearby surfaces.