Recent Volcanic Activity in Hawaii, February 9th-24th
Above: the “lava lake” as on February 24th, 2011
Located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the Halema`uma`u crater is a pit crater located within the much larger summit caldera of Kīlauea. For the past couple of weeks, Scientists have been monitoring this area closely because of it’s activity. A lava lake has been developing in this particular crater. On February 9th, 2011, the lava surface had been quite shallow, about 90 meters below the floor of Halema`uma`u crater. On February 14th, ashy plumes were observed and by the 24th of February, the lava surface in the vent returned to about 80 meters.
This link will show you the ashy eruption on February 14th:
More info at: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=14037416
February 28th, 2011 by Sarah Nye