The lava then forced its way back to the surface through large cracks, or fissures, that opened at ground level in a residential area miles (km) away.
Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could erupt again are prompting people to rethink their vacation plans to visit the Big Island.
PAHOA, HAWAII - President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster on Hawaii's Big Island.
Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed the declaration on Friday, with a statement from the White House saying it was signed on Tuesday.
"Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes in Hawaii County", the government said in a statement late Friday.
NASA's space satellites have been monitoring the eruptions and growth of lava fields at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, according to The Weather Channel.
Scientists at the US Geological Survey's (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that as a result of the downward movement of magma towards Leilani Estates the lava lake at the top had dropped in elevation.
"Because the lava intrusion is still active and earthquakes are still occurring, we still think there's a decent chance of new eruptive activity at the surface", Steven Brantley said. Rather it experiences effusive eruptions, where magma moves along rifts below the surface before rising and pushing up through fissures in the earth.
Some warning signs were the ground deforming and natural disaster activity in the area east of the evacuated subdivision Leilani Estates.
Police said Wednesday they arrested a man suspected of burglarizing homes in Leilani Estates.
"I don't think that people should expect any additional warning", he said Friday afternoon.
"We know the volcano is capable of doing this", Mandeville said, citing similar explosions at Kilauea in 1925, 1790 and four other times in the last few thousand years.
Instead, scientists have increased their aerial tours because they are able to gather the same data they were gathering from the ground, he said.
Once the lava drops, rocks that had been superheated could fall into the lava tube. Brantley said that lava was more viscous and slower-moving. Fresher magma could now emerge behind it.
Local meteorologists said the change in prevailing winds could send Kilauea's volcanic smog, or vog, northwest to Maui and other islands in Hawaii.