Curtain of Fire, Hawaii

photo of Curtain of Fire, Hawaii

Fissure vent on the East Rift of Kilauea called a "curtain of fire". This vent was active during the first phase of the Puu Oo Eruption in January 1983. The burning trunk of an ohia tree in the right center is about 10 meters tall. The silvery lava in the foreground is molten pahoehoe. A millimeter or two beneath the silver-colored skin, the lava is incandescent.

U.S. Geological Survey photo by Jim Griggs.

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