Lava has been erupting from Hawaiian volcano for nearly three decades & still flowing strong
My friend Jessica Ferracane, who was not working for the National Park Service when I saw her in June but is doing so now, just reminded her Facebook friends that today is the 29th anniversary of the beginning of Kīlauea volcano’s east rift eruption. It has been going on since then. Volcanoes present nature’s most spectacular light show, especially at night when red lava glows in the inky blackness. You certainly don’t get a cake and candles for a volcano!
When the Pu’u ‘O’o-Kupaianaha eruption began on January 3, 1983, it was Kīlauea’s 55th documented eruption going back some six centuries, including 34 “eruption cycles” in the last 200 or so years. Madame Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, is believed to dwell on (in?) Kīlauea, and native chants and oral traditions tell of the many eruptions instigated by an angry Pele. She must be very, very angry these days, yet in her anger, she has made the Big Island of Hawaii even bigger — adding something like 500 acres of lava fields. And January, it seems, is Volcano Awareness Month. Who knew?