As the summit of Kilauea volcano continues to deflate, the lava lake is dropping out of view. Over the past few weeks, the volcanic spectacle of the rising lava lake has been drawing thousands of visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where for the first time the lava could be seen from the Jaggar Museum overlook.

Before that, the lava could only be observed on USGS webcams stationed around Halema’uma’u crater. The rise – and occasional overflow – of the lava lake coincided with a steep inflation at the summit, as recorded by continuously operating electronic tiltmeters. But this weekend, that inflationary trend reversed, and the lava lake began to recede. MORE