A powerful explosion in an active Hawaiian lava crater was captured on webcam by the US Geological Survey. The footage shows how a rock fall prompted the lava lake to burst.
The video shows Hawaii’s active Halemaʻumaʻu Crater in the Kilauea Volcano, often view at close range by tourists, as the crater’s rocky wall suddenly collapses into the lava lake, causing an avalanche of dust to form.
The breathtaking imagery shows rocks crashing into the lava followed by a massive red explosion with a wave of fire and plume of smoke roaring into the air. Large spatters of molten lava go flying everywhere.