The effusive, ever-erupting Kīlauea Volcano

June 2, 2017 7:07 pm Last Updated: June 2, 2017 7:07 pm

The Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii is the most active of the five volcanoes on the Hawaii islands. Its current eruption started in January 1983, and it has been continuously oozing molten lava since.

Sometimes it comes in violent spurts, and sometimes it is a slow crawl. The scorching lava has crept across the land and caused eruptions dripping into the cool sea.

It poses no threat to nearby communities, and actually draws quite a few tourists (to safe-viewing zones) due to the scenic views and otherworldly colors.

There is currently a lava lake that effectively covers 3.2 acres and extends down to the sea.

The National Park Service has many safety tips for those planning a trip. For instance, the air quality close to lava is poor—volcanic gases contain sulfur dioxide and hydrochloric acid, and on a windy day these chemicals may blow toward you.

It also notes that to many Hawaiians, molten lava is “kinolau”, or the body form of the volcano goddess Pele.