Spectacular views of lava river flowing from Kilauea vent


Today’s Video of the Day from the U.S. Geological Survey features unbelievable views of the river of lava that is moving across Hawaii’s Big Island from Kilauea’s fissure 8 to the Pacific Ocean.

The lava can be seen gushing out of a cone that is now 164 feet high and is traveling at speeds of up to 17 miles per hour, according to the Hawaiian Volcanic Observatory.

Fissure 8 is currently Kilauea’s most active vent and shows no signs of slowing down. Since May 3rd, explosive activity from the volcano has covered at least 6,000 acres and destroyed over 500 homes.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

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