Kilauea

Hawaii (The Big Island), Hawaii, 26 February 2015

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We took off to visit the Kilauea Volcano and went along a section of the road with dense overhanging trees.

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Here is the main crater.  You can’t get any closer to it than this, presumably because of potential dangers from gas emissions.  Kilauea has been in continuous eruption since 1983 though involving no more than slow flows of lava and occasional pyrotechnics.  There is a current lava flow from one of the side vents but it is in dense bushland and access is prohibited.  Explosive eruptions did occur in pre-European time though, so it could become more dangerous again.

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Here is a view from further back, giving an idea of the outer crater.  The outer crater was once a huge caldera but eruptions from the inner crater have slowly filled it up over time.  The outer crater floor is actually not flat; it gently slopes away from the inner crater.

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Another view from further away, giving a better idea of the size of the outer crater.

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We are on the Chain of Craters Road down to the coast.  This is the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube, an impressive tunnel but there were too many people in it to make a photograph practical or worthwhile.  I waited about ten minutes for a clear view here.

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This is a fern hanging down in the entrance of the lava tube (that you can also see in the previous image).

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Down at the coast now, I think this is Holei Sea Arch.

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Driving back up, this is a landscape created by lava flows.

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Here you can see where a recent (black) lava flow has stopped and some grassland survives.

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This is one of the many side vents, not currently active.

I perhaps should have waited until after dark to show you the glow of the main crater of Kilauea but I was running very short of petrol and was more concerned to make it to a nearby petrol station before they may have closed.

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4 comments on “Kilauea

  1. The contrast between the crater non-existent vegetation and that our of range of the fumes and ash is like night and day. Great shots! I always find volcanos a draw.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Mallee.

      If you ever go to New Zealand there’s a great volcano day walk in the North Island. You stay overnight at a village called National Park (sic) and early in the morning a bus takes you to the start of the trail. You walk over the saddle between Mts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe with lots of remarkable vistas, close and far, including a view over the Desert Road in the distance.

      I’m expecting to spend a few days in Reunion later this year and apparently there’s a remarkable active volcano there you can get quite close to (yet to read up on that).

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