Thursday, October 06, 2016


USGS releases awesome video of Kilauea Volcano eruption and hot lava flow

by Larry Geller

The U.S. Geological Survey has just released an 11-minute (11:20) video intended as “B-roll” for news media. It’s made up of clips that a TV station, for example, might include in a news story that they produce themselves.

I don’t think I disqualify Disappeared News just because I’m willing to use the word “awesome” in a title or headline—no AP style book is going to convince me that this video is anything less than awesome. And we’re all citizen journalists these days, right? So here’s the video for you.

If you’ve invested your kids’ college fund in a home theater, a 4K resolution of the USGS video is available here. For the rest of us, the YouTube video is here or you can watch it below. Go to either site, however, for information about the clips and to read credits for their production.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island is our favorite vacation spot possibly in the whole world. Go there to witness both destruction and creation in a short walk along the Devastation Trail, and of course, to try and see hot lava with your own eyes. Smell the sulfur. Feel the warm ground. Visit the Jaggar Museum. At night, see the Milky Way spread out above while threads of hot lava creep down the mountains toward the sea. Awesome is an understatement.

For now, watch this new video. Part of it shows the scientists at work. You cannot actually see these shots in person.

Do click the little thingy at the lower right to view in full-screen mode, and for a list of the scenes, click one of the links above.


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