Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been burping lava continuously since 1983. It’s a favorite destination for locals and tourists. But one person’s vantage point is putting Kilauea all over the news. Check out Kilauea with a grin!
Mick Kalber from Paradise Helicopters captured the stunning views of Kilauea.
Looks like Forrest got his sea legs and went to Hawaii.
And it’s not just the grin making news. Last week was the first time since 2013 that a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano reached the ocean. Nearly two months after it began flowing, the lava traveled over six miles to the ocean. People on land and in the water were ready for the spectacular display of water and fire.
Credit: David Ford
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The glacial pace of the lava meant hikers could get right alongside it.
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Of course, the USGS warns hikers against getting too close. Especially, right where the lava meets water. Any new land created by the lava flow is incredibly unstable. Plus, officials warn of the acidic plumes rising as the scorching lava hits the much cooler water.
It looks like the onlookers followed USGS’ advice for the most part. The boats appear to be at a safe distance, and the hikers on land were off to the side.
What’s going on at Kilauea now?
The lava flow extending southeast to the ocean continues. USGS says it poses no threat to any nearby communities. As for the area right around the volcano? The lava lake at Halema’uma’u crater continues to “intermittently spatter.”
Check out this stunning time-lapse of Halema’uma’u from last year.