HONOLULU (KHON2) — The lava lake within the Halema’uma’u Crater at the Kīlauea volcano continues to grow on Friday, Jan. 1, nearly two weeks after the eruption resumed.
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It is now about 610 feet deep and covers approximately 82 acres, according to officials.
A new video shows a process called “foundering,” in which a segment of cool lava crust on the surface of the lake is overridden by less-dense liquid from below.
The process causes the segment of cooled crust to sink and repeats throughout the lifespan of the lava lake.
Correction: A previous version of this story contained a typo in the word “foundering.” The error has been corrected.