Hawaii’s Largest Freshwater Lake Boiled Away During the Kilauea Volcano Eruption

Located about 25 miles from Kilauea, Green Lake — locally known as Ka Wai a Pele — is the largest of the only two freshwater lakes on the Big Island. Prior to becoming the victim of the eruption, the 400-year-old lake was an idyllic swimming spot, some 200 feet deep. The volcano — one of the most active in the world — began spewing lava on May 3, 2018 and destroyed more than 600 homes. The flow created a huge plume of steam as it hit the Green Lake on its way toward the ocean. The lava was so hot that it boiled away all the water, sending up a thick white plume that reached high into the sky. Both tourists and residents mourned the loss of the lake, suggesting that it should be renamed Lava Lake. Today, Hawaii’s landscape has been forever changed because of the eruption.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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