as mentioned in these previous posts, kilauea, a flat broad shield volcano, has erupted continuously from its pu’u o’o vent since 1983, growing the island by about 42 acres a year as its basaltic lava flow oozes at a speed of fifteen yards an hour into the ocean. photos by tom kuali.
It’s been a remarkable year for lava activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The astounding power of nature can be easy seen at lava lakes, surface flows and the Kamokuna ocean entry, where lava is streaming out into the Pacific, creating huge clouds of gas and steam. The lava entering the ocean is beginning to rebuild a large delta, forming new land. While there’s something mesmerizing about the movement of molten rock, visitors should always pay attention to their surroundings and stay out of closed areas as they explore Kīlauea – the world’s most active volcano. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.