Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts...

In a stunning show of nature's power, Mount Kilauea on the island of Hawaii has been spewing out masses of lava over the past few days.
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, and it is an invaluable resource for volcanologists due to its effusive (non-violent) eruptions - effusive eruptions are characterized by the outpouring of lava onto the ground, enabling the volcanoes to be studied up close in (relative) safety.

Check out this awesome spectacle (all images courtesy of http://www.ouramazingplanet.com):







You can even check out a live webcam of the volcano in action - it refreshes every few minutes so keep checking back:

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/NCcam/

For example, when I first checked it out, all I saw was a black square... and then I realised that it is currently night-time in Hawaii, and the volcano was chilling at that precise moment :)
One refresh later there was a whole lot of fire going on, so it is well worth the wait.
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