Mauna Loa is visible in the distance (left).

Then in May 2018, as part of a broader eruption that poured lava from fissures to the east, the lake swiftly drained and part of the caldera floor collapsed. Satellite images have captured the result of a lake of lava collapsing on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, revealing an enormous new lake of water. From May through August, large lava flows covered land southeast of the park destroying over 700 homes and devastating residential areas in the Puna District.

In 2018, a new eruption of Kīlauea volcano changed the island of Hawai‘i forever. Kilauea April 12, 2018 – May 3, 2020. Federal officials have released high-definition video of the lava lake atop Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. It was shot in stunning 4K ultra high definition video. Between 2010 and 2018, a large lava lake bubbled and spattered within Kilauea’s summit caldera. The lava lake, a popular viewing site, has steadily been draining at the summit.

Here, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists use a laser range-finder to measure the depth to the lava lake surface at its peak level, on April 23, 2018.

The video provides a rare close-up glimpse of the powerful summit eruption. The new lake formed as a result of the caldera, a crater called Halema’uma’u, collapsing at Kilauea’s peak. By Christine Hitt May 8, 2018 Home to Hawaii’s fire goddess Pele, Halemaumau (“House of the Amau Fern”), the pit crater inside the large Kilauea Caldera, has gone through some changes recently. NASA has released images that document the growth of a water lake inside a huge crater within Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano.