Volcano’s Otherworldly Red-Hot Lava Eruption

This otherworldly footage shows Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii spewing red-hot lava through its thick crust.

Activity since 8th January has seen the 4,090-foot live volcano throw thousands of tonnes of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

Gas released during the eruptions has created volcanic smog – known as vog – posing a health hazard for locals, as well as for crops and livestock.

People have also been warned about the dangers of Pele’s hair, the name of thin strands of volcanic glass that can irritate the skin and eyes.

Matt Patrick, Geologist, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory/Newsflash

In a statement the USGS (United States Geological Survey) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said: “Lava lake activity continues in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, on January 20, 2023.

“This time-lapse sequence shows an hour and a half of activity in the eastern lake. Lava upwells at the fountain source and spreads out towards the lake margin, where it down wells. Overall, activity in the crater has been steady in recent days.”

Kilauea is the world’s most active volcanic mass and is the central feature of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Its caldera is nearly three miles long and two miles wide with an area of more than four square miles.

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