Reuters

The rare and stunning fusion of steam and waves could pull thrill-seekers to the island.

Lava from a vent in Kilauea Volcano is spilling into the ocean, creating a spectacular display. The volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983, but this latest show is sure to attract visitors. But Hawaii's tourism officials urge caution. According to Reuters:

When the lava reaches the ocean, it cools, darkens and hardens into a lava delta amid an outpouring of steam. The lava delta is newly created land that is unstable and can collapse without warning. When it collapses, even visitors standing 100 yards away can be hurt because large chunks of lava and hot water are hurled their direction by the collapse.

Below, photos from Hugh Gentry at Reuters:


About the Author

Most Popular

  1. a photo of yellow vest protesters in Paris, France.
    Equity

    To Understand American Political Anger, Look to ‘Peripheral France’

    French geographer Christophe Guilluy has a controversial diagnosis of working-class resentment in the age of Trump, Brexit, and the Yellow Vests.

  2. A rendering of a co-living building in San Jose.
    Life

    The Largest Co-Living Building in the World Is Coming to San Jose

    The startup Starcity plans to build an 800-unit, 18-story “dorm for adults” to help affordably house Silicon Valley’s booming workforce.

  3. A photo of a street barrier in New Delhi
    Equity

    What’s Behind New Delhi’s Gated Communities?

    India’s capital city is full of private residential “colonies” protected by locked gates. But many claim the barriers don't stop crime and cause traffic chaos.

  4. Transportation

    Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

    In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.

  5. a photo of a striking Uber/Lyft driver
    Transportation

    Uber and Lyft Really Don’t Want California to Pass This Worker Rights Bill

    As California considers a gig-work bill to make ride-hailing drivers employees eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, Uber and Lyft ask for compromise.

×