News Environment Lava From Kilauea Evaporates Hawaii's Largest Freshwater Lake in Just Hours By Ben Bolton Ben Bolton Writer University of Georgia Ben Bolton has covered athletics for several universities. He has since embarked on a career as a digital editor, creating media campaigns for major brands. Learn about our editorial process Updated June 12, 2018 04:32PM EDT Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive Kilauea volcano continues to wreak havoc on Hawaii's Big Island, and its latest victim was the state's largest freshwater lake. In just five hours, Green Lake was gone. The lava flow reached the lake around 10 a.m. local time on June 2, as it made its way towards Kapoho Bay and the ocean. By 3 p.m., all of Green Lake had evaporated, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). When the lava reached the popular swimming spot, which was once 200 feet deep, the area filled with steam. The lake evaporated in a matter of hours. Kilauea's lava has destroyed miles of highway and trees. It even reached Kapoho Bay earlier in the week, creating large steam plumes and laze. Residents have been forced to evacuate from their homes. Hawaii Public Radio reports that 22 fissures have opened up since the major eruption just over a month ago.