Kilauea Volcano has been steadily emitting a flow of lava since January 1983. Historically, Kilauea has been one of the world’s most active volcanos. It’s frequent eruptions have shaped the island as well as the ecosystem of the Big Island. In recent years, even the banyan trees on the other side of the island have been showing signs of succumbing to the frequent presence of vog, or volcanic organic gasses.
The currently active flow that has been dominating island news began on June 27, 2014. The flow continues to extend its reach, passing through manmade structures as though they didn’t exist. Residential areas are now being impacted, with roads being closed, utilities threatened, businesses impacted, and more. Here are a few photos taken by the US Geological Survey that might help to put this tremendous power in perspective.
You can follow the latest developments and see new photos almost daily on the USGS website at hvo.wr.usgs.gov/