Kilauea volcano has been erupting
continuously since 1983. Currently, lava is flowing from the Pu`u
`O`o vent and is entering the sea in two places. When these pictures
were taken, a third lava entry was active, allowing me to get
right up to the most active lava flow. So close that my boots
caught fire with me still in them!
Tremendous amounts of steam are
generated by boiling sea water where the flowing lava comes in
contact with the ocean and the land around the lava entries are
extremely unstable. Last year, a 44 acre chunk of the land collapsed
and crumbled into the sea.