“The Hawaiian volcano, whose lava flows disrupted the life of a town just a few months ago, is now capturing attention for its lava spurting out in a different location–its summit. In the middle of Halema'uma'u Crater, a lava lake has been steadily rising since April 22, spilling out onto the crater floor last week.”
During volcanic eruptions in the Canary Islands in 1999 and 2011, these strange balls of rock appeared off the coast. They floated to the surface, stayed there for a bit, gave off steam, and then sank again. This behavior earned them the nickname “lava balloons”.
kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, has erupted continuously from its pu’u o’o vent since 1983, oozing one thousand degree fahrenheit lava at fifteen yards an hour across hawaii’s big island into the ocean. photos by (click pic) tom kualii, g. brad lewis, bruce omori, cj kale and nick selway