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RIVER OF LAVA

Aerial photos show Kilauea’s slow-motion sculpting of Hawaii

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How has almost a month of creeping lava changed the Hawaiian landscape?
  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

Published Last updated on This article is more than 2 years old.

While Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea has technically been erupting since 1983, the last month has seen a massive uptick in activity. It began at the beginning of May with hundreds of earthquakes, followed by lava seeping up from the earth.

Today, Kilauea’s mark on Hawaii snakes across 2,400 acres, and reaches all the way to the sea. The volcano has poured molten lava from more than 20 fissures, destroying dozens of homes, emitting toxic gas, and putting a geothermal power plant at risk.

Here’s a visual timeline of Kilauea’s activity, from ash plumes to cooling lava.

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