The picture above is from March 28th, showing the lava that reappeared in the Pu`u `Ō `ō crater, covering the floor with a small lava lake
From March 30th to April 5th, The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that the lava lake in the deep pit within Kilauea’s Halema’uma’u crater was for the most part crusted over. Incandescence was observed through web cameras on March 30th, and lava was visible at times during March 31st and April 3rd and 4th. A gas plume from the vent deposited small amounts of ash nearby, derived from rockfalls and occasional spatter from the lava lake.
At Pu’u ‘O’o crater, the lava lake was fed from a few sources in the center or West portions of the lake. The deepest part of the crater was episodically filled and drained. From April 4th-5th, the central lava sources produced two or three small lava flows and infrequent spatter.
By Sarah Nye
April 12th, 2011