Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, provided the island with its biggest tourist attraction in years as it continued to erupt Nov. 15 - spurting forth 75ft-high columns of bright orange molten lava.
LV. PAN River of Lava
SV. Lava flowing
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Background: Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, provided the island with its biggest tourist attraction in years as it continued to erupt Nov. 15 - spurting forth 75ft-high columns of bright orange molten lava. The crater is situated just below the famous Maunaloa crater, 35 miles from Hilo, Hawaii's second largest city, and 200 miles south of the capital, Honolulu.
At night, Kilauea became most spectacular, with streams of molten lava turning into golden rivers of fire.
There was no danger, however, to surrounding farm areas, as the lava poured straight into a 800-ft pit, forming a lake of red glowing molten rock inside the vast crater.
Seismologists expected no danger of an overflow, as the crater measures a quarter of a mile in width. The eruptions, which began late Nov. 14, followed seven sharp earthquakes. Several days later, Kilauea was still erupting.
Thousands of tourists and island residents have been crowding into Hawaii National Park to watch the phenomenon. More than 20,000 sightseers flew in from neighbouring islands.
Last eruption in the same part of the Kilauea crater was in 1868. This narrow opening is only one mile from a motel and holiday resort
Kilauea is known locally as the "Drive In" crater, because normally tourists can take their cars right to the rim.
A similar eruption in 1955, lasting several days, at a different part of the crater wall, caused millions of dollars worth of damage to farmlands.
Experts say no such danger from this eruption is likely.