Hawaiian volcanoes, lava fields, Pelee – you know the drill.
But these volcanoes are fascinating when you look at them up close, as both scientists and local natives know.
In March 2011, for instance, Pu’u O’o – an active crater on a flank of the huge shield volcano known as Kilauea – collapsed, its floor dropping almost 400 feet.
Not long after that, a rift opened up a little farther east and the ongoing East Rift Eruption began.
There is also molten lava at Kilauea’s summit, and it’s one of the most awesome sights on Earth:
[…] is volcanic smog, and thanks to Kilauea’s longstanding eruption, there’s a lot of it in Hawaii right now. But this video from the University of Hawaii also […]