Kilauea Volcano Puts on Hot Show

KILAUEA (KHNL) -- One of the world's most active volcanoes is hotter than ever.

Now in its 25th year of continuous eruption, Kilauea Volcano is marking the occasion with a slew of historic spectacles.

In March 2008, lava from Kilauea entered the sea in coastal Puna, inspiring officials to open a new lava viewing area.

Up at the summit, a new vent opened in Halemaumau Crater.  The opening consistently emits a plume of fluffy white steam and glows red with fiery incandescence in the evenings.

Three small gas explosions within the new vent have rocked the crater wall.  The first blast on March 19 was the first explosive eruption at Kilauea's summit since 1924 and the first eruption in the crater since 1982.

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Photos courtesy of Bill Harby