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Big Island Volcano Updates

A quick scroll through the latest news is sure to bring up a few articles surrounding the recent activity of the Big Island Volcano. The most recent eruption has brought about great devastation, and while it is very intriguing, the effects are life changing for residents of the impacted communities. With this current eruption cycle, the residential community “Leilani Estates” has been completely evacuated, causing residents to seek shelter elsewhere, perhaps never returning to their homes.

The eruption came as a surprise to most, and even local volcanologists have been taken aback at the activity from Kilauea. Not only does this represent a continuation of the current eruption cycle that started in 1983, it shows that the volcano is not slowing down anytime soon, and the activity from Kilauea will continue to add to the Big Island for many years.

In total, 15 fissures have opened up around the eruption site, exposing the insides of the Earth, with lava pouring out onto streets and overtaking homes, trees, and cars. There are some incredible videos floating around the Internet, and watching the power of the volcano is truly mesmerizing. The lava is slow moving, called Pahoehoe, and builds on itself, creating massive formations. The fissures themselves have been quite impressive, spouting lava as high as 15 feet in the air. And while all of this is a remarkable site, the danger cannot be understated. Not only is lava deadly to the touch, the levels of sulfur dioxide that have been released into the air are at levels that are considered dangerous.

Volcanic activity also brings about the legend of Pele, who is always present in Hawaii, most notable within Kilauea. The current activity has brought Pele front and center, with her work being seen by the world. Residents of the effected communities and locals all around the Big Island have left offerings for Pele, hoping to appease the Goddess and spare their homes. 

Those who have visited Kilauea in the past can attest to the fact that the volcano is one of the most incredible sites in Hawaii. The natural activity of the Earth is breathtaking, and seeing the sites of Kilauea is a very special experience.

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