Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Volcano - It's Awake

The volcano burped!!!! The past couple days the lava rose in the Kilauea lava lake, spilling out onto the crater floor. 5 pulses of rising lava each flowed out of the vent. Things have been rather uneventful for a while, so this sudden activity is exciting. I'm posting some photos from the volcanoes observatory website. They conducted some flyovers and got some beautiful photos.  

For a little distance perspectives, I'd guess those lava fountains are around 70' high at least. Yes, the active vent is pretty huge, and growing! And don't let that shiny black colored rock fool you. It's actually molten lava whose surface has cooled a bit. It's so hot that you can't get near it without the hair on your arms and legs getting singed (personal experience). And you can't stand near it for more than a second. You'll fry! 

In this photo you can see that the new lava (darker color) covered about  third of the crater. 

While I find the volcano to be interesting, even exciting, I'd like to see it shut down for a while. I tired of dealing with the acid rain. But if course, I have no say in the matter. The volcano will do what it always does, with no concern for the little humanoid fleas living on its surface. 
ps- Update

The volcano hasn't stopped. Tuesday night it did it again. 

This is the statement taken from the website: 
On Tuesday night (April 24), between around 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., KÄ«lauea Volcano's summit lava lake overflowed once again. This photo, taken around 10:30 p.m., shows the large overflow as it spread west (to the right) from the lava lake onto the floor of Halema‘uma‘u. The bright (yellow-white) spot is spattering along the south margin of the lava lake. USGS photo by M. Patrick.

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