Daredevil Adventurer Risks Life To Film Lava Flow In Hawaii
The author of this video, Kawika Singson, gets up close and personal with Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, at Pu'u 'O'o vent. It is located on the Big Island and is definitely a sight to see!
The filmmaker definitely pushes the limits of mere thrill and excitement. Getting this close of lava is dangerous, even lethal. A flow of Hawaiian lava is terrible to work near. Instead of a rather unbroken skin, Hawaiian lava flows have irregular coatings of clinker, and a massive quantity of glowing heat leaks from between the clinker. Further, Hawaiian lava flows faster so you surely have to be quick on your feet if you want to take a footage from up close. Its flows are likely to form open channels rather than lava tubes. The channels can occasionally have fully radiant surfaces due to the speed of the flow so any skin that forms is instantly torn or sunk.
The location of the video, the Puʻu ʻŌʻō, is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano of the Hawaiian Islands. Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been erupting unceasingly since January 3, 1983, making it the longest eruption of the last two centuries.
Starting from 2008, Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone was in its 25th year and 57th eruptive episode. This is the biggest capacity of lava in the past five centuries to erupt from the volcano's east rift zone. For over a decade the eruption ran from side vents on the south and west sides of the cone.