Volcano Watch: The rise and fall of lava lakes

  • A view of the lava lake from the Halema‘uma‘u Crater rim on the afternoon of April 21, 2018. The high lava level was about 20 feet below the crater floor. Jaggar Museum and HVO are on the skyline in the upper left. (USGS photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Remarkably, nearly the same sequence of events also occurred on another Pacific island in 2018. Ambrym, a highly active volcano in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, experienced historic changes in 2018 that paralleled those on Kilauea.