Kilauea Volcano’s summit eruption in Halemaumau Crater began in March 2008. Since that time, countless changes have occurred. The crater enclosing the lava lake (called the Overlook crater) has enlarged through rockfalls, and explosions have thrown spatter around the crater and onto the rim of Halemaumau itself. The lava-lake level has fluctuated, leading to several overflows of lava onto the Halemaumau Crater floor.
A lot has changed over the past year on Kilauea Volcano. One year ago, the June 27 flow was threatening to cross Pahoa Village Road and, potentially, Highway 130. Lava destroyed one house on Nov. 10, 2014, and was moving downslope toward many others.