Unless you live under a rock, chances are you saw the image of a smiling volcano making the rounds on social media. We want to know why it was so happy, but also how this happened and where was the photograph taken.
This "smiling" phenomenon is at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii and has been active since 1983. In fact, it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Since 1952 this volcano has had 34 eruptions, and since January 1983 the eruptive activity has been continuous. The crater of the top houses a lava lagoon that is the one that smiles at times.
The face appeared in a crater on the west flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, belonging to the Kilauea fault, according to Janet Babb, a geologist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
The face of the volcano has a reasonable scientific explanation: the bright spots and the curved line were produced by the normal volcanic activity. As it is a very active volcano, it can form different figures. The person who took the photo was fortunate to be in the right place and time to capture those images.
As the lava circulates, it goes up and down on opposite sides of the lake, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. This creates bright spots on the dark and semisolid surface of the lake, which is why it is common for dots and rays to form.
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