Featured below is a video from the Pu`u `O`o vent, which is located on the north east side of Kilauea at an elevation of about 2,400 ft. It shows the leading edge of the flow front headed in the south eastern direction.
The heat was intense. The air was stifling hot! The gasses were tolerable and just being there in that moment….amazing!!!
The Kilauea Volcano is the youngest of volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is also one of the most active volcanoes on the entire planet. Lava from this particular eruption on the island has not only destroyed several communities and structures, including hundreds of houses, a church, and ancient Hawaiian sites, it has also made the coastal highway along the south coast inaccessible.
Since 1983, lava has been flowing from the vent, almost always heading toward the ocean through a series of lava tubes. When the tubes shift, or become blocked, the lava is pushed up and can be seen as surface flows.
January 3, 2016 marked the 33rd anniversary of the Pu`u `O`o eruption.
Although it may look like a really rad experience to capture for Instagram, getting this close to a lava flow is not recommended and can be deadly. We do not advise that any of our readers take the risk to see the Pu`u `O`o vent up close.