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Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has vaporized the largest freshwater lake on Big Island.
US Geological Survey officials said that lava from Fissure 8 poured into Green Lake on June 2.
Minutes - Molten - Rock - Lake - Feet
In just 90 minutes, the molten rock had boiled away the entire lake, which was 200 feet deep at some places.
Jessica Ball, USGS volcanologist said on Sunday that lava was continuing to fountain from fissure 8, 'and is feeding a lava flow that has wrapped around the Kapoho Crater to the north and has entered the Vacationland neighborhood.
Green - Lake - June - Steam - Plume
'Lava entered Green Lake at about 10am (June 2), forming a large steam plume, and by 1.30pm lava had filled the lake and boiled off all the water.'
'At 7am on June 3, the flow front had entered Kapoho beach lots and was about 50 yards from the ocean.
Summit - Earthquake - Activity - Emissions - Halema'uma'u
'At the summit, earthquake activity was low and ash emissions from the Halema'uma'u crater were weak. However, gas emissions remain high and we expect small explosive events to continue.'
Nearly 10 days later, lava continues to erupt from Fissure 8 with heights of up to 160 feet.
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The lava flow has completely filled the lake.
Green Lake, also known as Ka Wai a Pele, was 400 years old and one of only two freshwater lakes on the Big Island.
Twist - Myths - Lake - Place - Pele
In an ironic twist, Hawaiian myths say that the lake was the first place visited by Pele, the volcano deity.
Lava from the volcano has created nearly a new mile of land. The new land in Kapoho Bay is now owned by the state, but the peninsula will not look like the farmland that dominates that region of the Big Island anytime soon.
Eruption - Place - Sunday - Ash - Air
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