Scientists predict that a series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea may cause eruption of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island has risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. The pool of molten rock begins sinking, and the surface of the lava lake falls nearly 500 feet. Meanwhile, a rash of earthquakes rattle the volcano with as many as 20 to 25 quakes per hour, and scientists’ tilt meters detected that the ground is deforming.
Clearly the lava, by dropping out of sight, it has to be going somewhere.