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Hawaii Volcanoes Fissure Eruption of 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes Fissure Eruption

In March 5th, 2011, a stunning volcanic eruption occurred on the island of Hawaii when a nearly mile long fissure erupted with fiery flare, giving the world an up close view of this spectacular natural event. This Hawaii Volcanoes Fissure Eruption was watched intently by scientists and was actually a monumental event in modern times.

Hawaii Volcanoes Fissure Eruption

The eruption was a small scale example of the type of eruption which occurred in Iceland in the late 1700’s, causing tens of thousands of deaths  both on that continent, as well as Europe. Though the Hawaii fissure eruption was small in comparison to the awesome event that rocked Iceland hundreds of years ago, it was none the less an event that amazed onlookers.

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Preceded by months of earthquakes of various magnitudes, the eruption was a change from the typically steady activity of the Big Island volcano, Kilauea. Volcanologists around the world were surprised at this sudden and violent activity, but in the same token, the entire world was also treated to one of natures’ most stunning types of volcanic eruptions.

An adventuresome and otherwise devoted Hawaiian Volcanic Observatory Scientist was actually crazy enough to get the world an up close and in person look at the eruption on video (see below).

Fissure eruptions are caused by lava literally blasting it’s way out of the ground along natural fissures and can obviously cause devastating damage. Kind of like an earthquake fissure that tears apart the ground leaving a huge gash in the earth, only with lava spraying out of it.

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Fortunately, the Hawaii Volcanoes Fissure Eruption of 2011 only produced harmless yet awesome fountains of lava this time around, though scientists warn that the show at Kilauea is far from over.

Hawaii Volcanoes Fissure Eruption

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