June 7, 2009 |
The summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is glowing brightly as molten lava swirls 300 feet below its crater's floor, bubbling near the surface after years of spewing from the volcano's side. The expanding vent of Halemaumau crater helps confirm scientists' belief that the lava is close to the surface of the summit, said Janet Babb, a geologist and spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
April 11, 2008 |
A wind shift led officials to reopen Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Thursday, two days after it was closed because of sulfur dioxide pouring from the erupting Kilauea volcano. Jim Kauahikaua at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said noxious gas continued to rise from Halemaumau Crater, where an explosion Wednesday night blasted rocks 230 feet into the air.
March 30, 2005 |
About three times the average volume of lava from Kilauea volcano is flowing into the ocean at five separate entry points, officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park said Tuesday. The increased activity is a result of magma which began inflating Kilauea in January, said Jim Gale, a park ranger. "With the current inflation episode stalled, lava is being pushed out the Pu'u O'o vent and into the ocean," he said.
June 8, 2004
Waterfalls of lava cascade over cliffs and disappear under fume clouds, then burble into the ocean at Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. Since early May, more than 1,200 gawkers have been trekking daily to see the latest scene in the molten drama, which began in 1983. Kilauea Volcano continuously spits lava, but the flow is rarely this accessible and visually stunning. "It's really dynamic, changing constantly day to day," says park spokeswoman Norrie Judd.
August 23, 2002 |
Lava from Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island cascaded into the ocean at three points as thousands of visitors trekked to witness the latest display. The current breakout of lava began May 12, and reached the sea July 19. On Thursday morning, the lava finished covering the remaining isolated segment of Chain of Craters Road at an area known as Highcastle--a popular viewing spot in the early 1990s.
August 18, 2002 |
It was almost like a twilight picnic before a rock concert. People milled about carrying backpacks, coolers and baskets. Flashlight beams swung in arcs across the path. Shouts, cheers and chatter added to the carnival-like atmosphere. A young woman pulled a marshmallow from her knapsack, skewered it with a stick and thrust it toward the orange glow.