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This Footage Of Lava Destroying A Forest In Hawaii Will Mesmerize You

Kilauea, located on the southeast corner of Hawaii’s Big Island, has been consistently erupting for more than 33 years and is often considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Because the current lava flows are not endangering nearby populations – unlike those of 2014 that threatened and damaged Pahoa Village – we rarely think about the flows, or the destruction they are causing to the Hawaiian landscape.

Recorded by Mick Kalber in late April during a tour operated by Paradise Helicopters, this footage of flowing magma oozing through lava fields, billowing steam, lava lakes, and the Pu’u ‘O’o vent splattering lava is mesmerizing, to say the least. While the process of lava destroying trees and other vegetation is a slow one, it is surely an impressive display of just how powerful – and unstoppable – Mother Nature can truly be.

April 28, 2016 Vent Spatter from Mick Kalber on Vimeo.

For additional information about Kilauea’s current eruptions and daily updates about lava flows, head to the United States Geological Survey’s website.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.