Saturday, November 26, 2011

Volcano that has Been Erupting For 27 Years... - Kilaue

Kilaue is a volcano located on Hawaii. It has been erupting for 27 years since 1983. It's hard to believe, but it's true. Its lava has already destroyed numerous homes and scared local residents away.

Kīlauea is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and an invaluable resource for volcanologists who are able to study it up close due to its exclusively non-violent effusive activity. Since 2008, rising emissions of sulphur dioxide from the Halemaʻumaʻu crater at Kīlauea's summit have led to increased levels of volcanic smog and air quality concerns. Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kīlauea is visited by millions of tourists each year, making it the most visited attraction in Hawaii and the most visited volcano in the world. Despite its relative safety for researchers and visitors alike, Kīlauea is regarded by the USGS as the most dangerous volcano in the U.S. In 2010 and early 2011, lava destroyed several houses in the Kalapana area.