After a week of questions about a mysterious green patch at the bottom of the volcano's Halemaumau crater, the former home of a famed lava lake
, researchers confirmed the presence of water on Thursday, officials with the US Geological Survey told The Associated Press on Friday.
At the bottom of the volcano was the largest lava lake
in the world and to prepare for the crew, Aldo camped down there alone, sleeping on a tier of compressed ash, for two weeks.
I listen in as a guide explains: The lava lake
in the bottom of the crater had been rising for the past 35 years before a series of earthquakes drained out the bottom about a year ago.
The lava lake
at Kilauea's summit drained as the magma supplying it flowed downward, which should change the tones of the infrasounds emitted by the crater.
Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake
and flowed around 25 miles (40 km) east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant.
Earlier this week, the Geological Survey warned the chances of eruption were becoming more likely as the volcano's lava lake
The US Geological Survey had warned that an explosive eruption at Kilauea was becoming more likely as the volcano's lava lake
Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake
at the volcano's Halemaumau crater 'has raised the potential for explosive eruptions'
The receding lava lake
resembles conditions seen before a major eruption in 1924, said Tina Neal, scientist-in-charge at the USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory.
Geological Survey shows a line of spattering along a lava lake
margin with spatter being ejected well above the level of the Halema'uma'u Crater floor and occasional small bits landing on the rim with a piece of the thin, flexible crust on the lava lake
being lifted and torn by a bubble burst at left in Kilauea Volcano near Honolulu, Hawaii.
FACTUAL Geologist Chris Jackson and his team have to work out how to land on the slopes of Nyamuragira, an active volcano and lava lake
in dangerous Congo.