‘Lava eruption’ is trick of the eye, Yosemite Park ‘lava eruption’ is a stunning trick of the eye, What looks like a trail of fiery lava cascading over a cliff is really a stunning trick of the light. It is a phenomenon that wouldn’t look out of place on top of Mount Etna. The fiery-looking trail below may appear to be a blast of molten lava, but it’s actually a cascade of water illuminated by the sun.
The wonder at Yosemite National Park, California, appears only at sunset during a select window of time in mid-February and is keenly awaited by a number of photographers and spectators. Weather permitting, the effect is created by a precise alignment of the sun and earth which makes the Yosemite Park’s Horsetail Fall turn a bright, fiery orange. The vibrant color is the result of the sun’s rays reflecting off granite behind the falling water and is dependent on a clear sunset.
Park officials believe it will last until February 24, with the best views east of the peak at the El Capitan picnic area. The incredible sight was first captured in color by the natural world photographer Galen Rowell in 1973.
A new vent has opened at one of the world’s most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high, scientists at Kilauea volcano said Sunday.
The massive eruption began when the floor of the Pu’u O’o crater collapsed, making way for the lava to come out. The spectacle was incredible, and according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, this is a very exciting moment in every scientist’s life, especially if they can see it from the very start. Although at the beginning lava receded rapidly, after the eruption which took place at around 5pm local time on Saturday, it seemed to have slowed on Sunday.
Although more than 150 small earthquakes have been recorded in the last 24 hours, no homes in the area are under threat. Furthermore, according to the scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the volcano could have erupted without a notice, thus posing a threat to the visitors or to the hikers, who were around in the area. They went on saying that lethal concentrations of sulphur dioxide gas were present in the area, but they did no harm. Given the recent eruption, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has closed Chain of Craters Road alongside with the entire rift zone and coastal trials, as well as the Kulanaokuaiki campground. These areas are closed until further notice.
For those who don’t know, the Kilauea Volcano has been one of the most active volcanoes in the world, given that it is continually erupting since the 3rd of January, 1983. According to scientists, pictures of the volcano can be seen at the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, where pictures are constantly uploaded, given there is a webcam which functions constantly.
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