Demonstrating that a by-now-familiar phenomenon can still dish out surprises, Kilauea Volcano sent lava over an old access road to Kalapana late last week in a smoky show of deja vu.
At 2:58 a.m. H.S.T on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, a small explosion occurred at Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This event was erroneously reported as an earthquake earlier this morning. The explosion scattered debris over an area of about 75 acres (30 hectares), covering a portion of Crater Rim Drive and damaging the Halemaumau overlook. No lava was erupted as part of the explosion, suggesting that the activity was driven by hydrothermal or gas sources.