Lava in Paradise


More than awestruck with the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. Anyone who has been to the Big Island knows that volcanos are part of the living arrangement with your surroundings. Nevertheless, the recent earthquakes, lava flow, and toxic gas erupting out of fissures are still both magnetically fascinating and traumatic. According to the US Geological Society, lava was shooting 230 feet in the air out of some of these fissures. While the risks were known, it remains heartbreaking for families to lose their homes to waves of molten lava in paradise.


“During a volcanic eruption, we are reminded that our planet is an ever-changing environment whose basic processes are beyond human control,” wisely states the National Park Service. “As much as we have altered the face of the Earth to suit our needs, we can only stand in awe before the power of an eruption.” All you have to do is clean up after a hurricane, typhoon, blizzard, earthquake, or flood, and you learn to respect the power of the forces in our natural world and zeal of Mother Nature. The Hawaiians show deference to Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess said to live inside Kilauea, when asked about the fate of their homes. “What can you do? You have no control over it,” one man told the AP while at an evacuation shelter. “Pele’s the boss, you know.”

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