From atop Mauna Kea, eruptions visible as reddish, pink glow

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new timelapse video from a camera at the Gemini Observatory atop Mauna Kea shows a remarkable view of the Kilauea eruption.

The lights seen in the clouds are from many of the fissures erupting in Leilani Estates, some of which are producing huge lava fountains topping 150 feet.

"This is an extreme circumstance for us to be able to see the glow from the volcano," said Mary Beth Laychak, outreach manager at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. "The volcano is glowing kind of a reddish pink in the sky."

In the past week, many of the previously dormant fissures have reawakened, which are causing more destruction to structures and vegetation.

Lava flow from fissure no. 6 in particular is causing a greater threat to the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. This is in addition to another flow that has already reached the property.

Lava from fissure 20 has reached the ocean, and is currently creating huge plumes of "laze" — a mixture of gas and shards of glass.

This story will be updated.

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