Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spews fiery lava in the shape of a smiley face.
Mick Kalber with tour company Paradise Helicopters shared a video he recorded from above Kilauea’s central vent, showing a fiery smile as the volcano continuously spews lava adding new mass to the island.
The smiley face “announces a gorgeous new ocean entry of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii!” Kalber said in a post.
International Business Times reports:
“The Volcano Goddess Pele’s new flow covered the nearby road and moved quickly to the coast for the first time in three years…visitors flock to the eruption for a once-in-a-lifetime up-close view of red hot active lava!”
The tourists weren’t the only ones amazed at the spectacular scene. Images of the “smiling” volcano have been making a fuss on social media too. Others were happy to hear about the grinning volcano.
— Cara Brookins (@cmbrookins) August 1, 2016
Nothing like a smiley volcano to brighten your day https://t.co/k2OD6NChkJ
— (((chris zappone))) (@chrizap) August 1, 2016
Meanwhile, others give the smiley volcano a spooky image.
The smiling volcano looks like something someone who was really into Heath Ledger’s Joker and Men’s Rights would scrawl on a notebook.
— Probillmatic (@UweBollocks) August 1, 2016
Smiling volcano is here to kill you. pic.twitter.com/GUhdp6pQM5
— James McHale (@JamesMcHale) July 29, 2016
The grinning Kilauea volcano has been erupting since 1983, making it the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii.
Without warning, lava from the volcano’s Pu’u O’o crater finally reached the sea for the first time since 2013, enticing tourists on seeing something that usually doesn’t happen everyday.
Although volcanic eruptions are prone to safety risks which include flying debris and irritation of the eyes, skin, and lungs, that didn’t hinder Derek Scott, a thrilled 16-year-old from Canada.
In an interview with Hawaii Tribune-Herald he said it was “really cool.”
“I’ve never actually seen it that close by. The heat that radiates off the body when you’re that close to it is amazing,” he proclaimed.
Nevertheless, the US Geological Survey has warned visitors about the safety risks of being too near the erupting the volcano.
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