Friday, March 21, 2008
Sunrise over Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
What a thrill to watch the sun rise over Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island on the wide computer screen.
There's a webcam, actually three side-by-side to form a panorama very suited to computer widescreen displays, here. Pictures are beginning to turn up around the web, for example, here, but Google for more.
From the webcam a few minutes ago:
No point watching all day to see if the volcano explodes again, but the view is still breathtaking, particularly if you have visited the scene and have the real picture, the full expanse of the crater, in your mind's eye.
Scientists do not know whether — or when — a similar explosion will occur, Brantley said. There were no reported injuries, but falling rocks — including a boulder about 3½ feet in diameter — damaged the popular Halemaumau lookout and its parking lot. Rubble was scattered along Crater Rim Drive, the road that visitors use to drive through the park, Brantley said.
The explosion at Halemaumau crater was the first since 1924. [USA Today 3/20/2008]
Also check out the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory web page. For general Hawaii volcano images scattered all over the web, Google finds them, and Flickr has an overwhelming 42,149 posted by individuals, including 424 of Halemaumau crater.