Lava from 2018 Hawaii Eruption Still Cooling

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption is still cooling down. Scientists estimate its only on average about 1/2 way to its normal resting point. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said cooled exterior lava has insulated areas deeper inside the lava flow. The exterior cooled because of exposure to air and rain, but the insulation is expected to keep some rock further below at extremely high temperatures for years, observatory geologist Carolyn Parcheta said this week.

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