HILO, Hawaii (AP) – Lava from the world’s largest volcano is so hot and bright that the sky is turning orange. At night, a large number of people gather to witness the spectacular light of nature Hawaii.
Some visitors left flowers as offerings on the black lava that had spewed from Mauna Loa in previous eruptions. Pele, the Hawaiian volcano deity, is revered by many Hawaiians.
long hillLast erupted 38 years ago, Hawaii is one of five volcanoes that make up the Big Island. A series of aftershocks in November showed it was active again, and on Sunday it spewed ash and debris into the sky.
Since then, the volcano has erupted and rolled down the slopes in glowing rivers, threatening a major highway connecting East and West Hawaii. Bright orange lava can be seen for miles. Locals and visitors flock to Saddle Road Highway and Volcanoes National Park. to view the scene.
The road cuts through black volcanic fields from previous eruptions, a reminder that the Hawaiian Islands are a string of volcanoes sitting on a Ring of Fire, characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.
Lauren Kish, a hospice nurse from the nearby town of Waimea, brought her 7-month-old daughter Myla to watch the explosion early Wednesday.
“She wanted to see Pele,” Kish said. “She wanted to meet her.”
In 2018, Kish witnessed the eruption of the nearby Kilauea volcano. Both eruptions brought about the same feeling of being stunned by the power of nature.
“You feel like the energy is moving across the entire island, and everyone is excited about it,” he said.
Visitors are snapping selfies and group photos using the dramatic backdrop provided by Mother Nature.
Officials initially worried the lava would head toward the community of southern Kona, but instead it migrated into a fissure zone, which scientists said did not threaten the communities.
Ken Hahn, scientist in charge of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the lava flow had “reduced significantly” and was about 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) south of the highway. At that rate, it would take at least a week to reach the highway.
“We don’t know which way the lava flow will eventually go.”
Selsky reported from Salem. Oregon.
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