Hawaii just can’t catch a break. Although Kilauea erupted about a month ago, Hawaii’s Big Island is still feeling its effects. Lava from the volcanic eruption has completely evaporated the water of Green Lake, the Big Island’s largest freshwater lake. The evaporation began on June 2nd when lava flowed into the lake, boiling the water away. For anyone in the area, it would have been a hard spectacle to miss as the boiling water turned into a thick white plume, reaching high into the sky.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that “by 1:30 p.m. [local time], the steam plume had ceased, and by 3 p.m […] lava had filled the lake and apparently evaporated all the water.”
Prior to the evaporation, Green Lake — also known as Ka Wai a Pele — was 200 feet deep, and a popular swimming spot. Now, Google Maps reviewers are mourning the loss of the lake, debating what steps should be taken for its preservation or restoration, and cracking jokes about its demise.
So far, lava from the Kilauea eruption has covered about 7.7 square miles and formed a delta in Kapoho Bay. Here and elsewhere across the island, the eruption has made a huge impact on Hawaii’s geography and forever altered its landscape.