The greatest show on earth!
A volcano on Hawaii's largest island is spilling lava into the ocean, creating a rare and spectacular fusion of steam and waves. When the lava reaches the ocean, it cools, darkens and hardens into a lava delta amid an outpouring of steam creating new land. However, the lava delta is unstable and can collapse without warning. The Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously from its Pu'u O'o vent since 1983, but at times the scenery becomes a lot more exciting and lava can be seen flowing directly into the water. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which encompasses Kilauea, welcomed well over a million visitors last year as a live volcano is something to be seen. About 1,900 volcanoes on Earth are considered active, meaning they show some level of activity and are likely to explode again. Many other volcanoes are dormant, showing no current signs of exploding but likely to become active at some point in the future. Others are considered extinct.