Big Island's Kilauea Puts Up Another Dazzling Show!

By Meera Dolasia on January 21, 2010

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If you have ever been to Hawaii's Big Island, you may have noticed that it's beaches are covered with black volcanic sand - that's because the Island is home to some of the world's most active volcanoes.

One of the youngest and most active, is the Kilauea Volcano, and it has started 2010 with a bang - Just in time for Big Island's 'Volcano Awareness Month'.

This year's first eruption occurred on January 7th, inside the pit of the Halemaumaa crater on Kilauea's summit, and sent out a spectacular spew of lava, one that resembled a dome fountain! On January 14th, the volcano erupted again sputtering out more lava than it has done, in over a year!

Ironically, for many years Kilauea, now thought to be the world's most active volcano, was not even classified as one. Instead, it was considered to be the branch of a bigger volcano. However, recent research has revealed that it is indeed a full-fledged volcano - one with its own magma-plumbing system that extends more than 60km below the earth's surface.

And like all of Hawaii's volcanoes, this one too has an interesting legend. According to ancient Hawaiian folklore , Kilauea is the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess. Believed to be born in Tahiti, she was one of six girls and seven boys born to the earth goddess.

According to the legend, Pele was exiled by her father, the creator of the Universe, and came to Hawaii  by boat. Once here, she created havoc in all the islands, digging fire pits and creating volcanoes. Her sister finally caught up with her and killed her in an epic battle near Hana, on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

After her death, Pele dug her final and eternal pit on the Big Island of Hawaii, at the summit of the Kilauea Volcano. The locals who worship her as a goddess, believe that she still resides here and often come with offerings to appease her.

Pele, in turn shows her appreciation by putting on some spectacular lava shows, making it a win-win situation for both! The video below shows the spectacular eruptions that occurred in November, 2009.

sources:wikipedia.org, bigislandvideonews.com,USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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  • nick483
    nick483Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm
    When I first saw I thought it was magic but it is a volcano.
    • EllieFriday, October 3, 2014 at 9:57 am
      awsome
      • muffinp
        muffinpSaturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:45 am
        cool images, amazing scenes
        • otter
          otterMonday, May 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm
          Those pictures are so impressive! The Big Island rocks!
          • ikyra_marie
            ikyra_marieSunday, March 16, 2014 at 10:10 am
            wow!the pictures are amazing
            • darkhorse
              darkhorseThursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:06 am
              COOL
              • darkhorse
                darkhorseThursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:06 am
                cool video to
                • darkhorse
                  darkhorseThursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:05 am
                  this is the best
                  • dowen
                    dowenThursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:02 am
                    wow so cooooooooooooooooooooooooool
                    • memeMonday, November 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm
                      sooooooooo cooooooool

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