Madame Pele puts on a spectacular show for National Parks Week


Madame Pele continues to put on a spectacular show for guests visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Her timing couldn’t be better because it’s also National Parks Week from April 21 to April 29.

“So people [have] been able to see molten rock pouring out or spilling out of the bottom of the crater. So it’s been really exciting,” Jessica Ferracane of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park explains.

The summit lava lake overflowed the Overlook crater rim again overnight and early this morning.

“It did. It happened Sunday at about three in the morning and it happened again this morning. It’s really beautiful and the eruption seems to be spilling over in the middle of the night when there aren’t very many people around, so it’s a good thing the park is open 24 hours a day,” Ferracane said.

Kilauea has been erupting nonstop from Halemaumau continuously since 2008. Typically lava levels are about 100 feet or so below the rim.

Ferracane says events like this, where lava comes up and spills out on the crater floor have happened less than five times in the last several years.

“The last time this happened was back in 2015. Believe it or not, it was also during National Park Week,” Ferracane said.

According to USGS officials, the spillover yesterday was huge and covered over 40 acres of the crater floor.

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