Videos: Kilauea Volcano Smiles, Lava Eats Part of Hawaii

Lava from the big island of Hawaii’s most active volcano, Kilauea, has been devouring some homes there and is causing evacuations of over 1,700 residents. The inhabitants are dealing not only with the lava but also with toxic sulfur dioxide fumes and earthquakes, one a powerful 6.9 on the Richter scale.

Here is the weirdest part of it: One of Kilauea’s craters smiled during the lava invasion.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been actively erupting since 1983, and it’s one of the most active volcanoes in the world, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). But the volcano received more attention recently when the volcano’s lava formed what looks like a smiley face. The smiley face appeared in a lava lake crater on the west flank of Pu’u ‘O’o, on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone, according to Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. … While it may seem like Kilauea was smiling for the cameras, the “face” has a more scientific explanation: The bright spots and incandescent line that created the face shape were produced by normal volcanic activity.

Via LiveScience

A potent grin. What are the odds? Here is a collection of videos showing what it’s like for some Hawaiians.

This is a reminder to have a “go bag” handy, especially if you live near a volcano.

5 thoughts on “Videos: Kilauea Volcano Smiles, Lava Eats Part of Hawaii

      1. Hmm. It’s back now, but I have a screen shot of the anomaly. You’ve been so many places I’ve been (and many more), enjoyed skimming your blog. It looks like you were at the little Ale’e Inn about the time I was when I toured all 48 US states in three months. Did we speak in person? I recall some good chats with interesting people there.

      2. Oh I don’t think so. When I was there I am pretty sure we were the only customer there. Ha. 48 states. Good for you! What a very cool trip. Cheers!

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