This lava flow time lapse is one of the best I’ve seen so far. If you are into volcanoes or just really cool videos, this one is for you.
In October, all eyes were on Hawaii as lava slowly made its way down from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island to the nearby Pahoa town center. Lance Page is a filmmaker and photographer and was in Hawaii at the time and decided to document what he calls “the fiery blood of Earth.”
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
It takes up about 14 percent of the land area and is 4,190 feet (1,227 meters) above sea level. The lava lake at the summit is known as Halema’uma’u, and is said to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele.
Watch as Hawaii’s most powerful natural phenomenon does what it does best.
It would be easy to think that it was part of the larger Mauna Loa volcano, which sits next to it. But it is a separate volcano with its own conduit system and vent. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it has had 61 eruptions in its current cycle, and since 1983 has been continuously erupting.
Page said that he had never visited the lava up close before even though he grew up there. He told The Huffington Post that seeing the volcano “really made me feel small. It makes you feel like a tiny critter on a giant rock, flying through space. It takes you out of your ego… seeing the power of the earth below you.”
The time lapse shows the real destructive power of slow moving lava. Thankfully, the lava has stopped, and the town of Pahoa is back to normal. But scientists warn that the lava tube remains hot, so it could fill with lava again.
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