Hawaii volcano makes a smiley face … yes, really

Hawaii volcano makes a smiley face … yes, really

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano sent lava to the surface, creating an odd smiley face.

Stare into the abyss of Hawaii’s Kilauea recently, and you might have seen something strange: the deadly lava smiling right back at you. Images captured of the volcano recently during a new lava flow shows lava breaking through the surface in a pattern that makes it look like a crude smiley face in the pit.

It’s the first time since 2013 that a Kilauea lava flow has reached the Pacific Ocean, so it’s also a fairly significant volcanic event on the island. Red-hot lava could be seen cascading down the cliff on Hawaii’s Big Island where the volcano resides — in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, to be more specific.

Kilauea began erupting in late May and has been sending lava on its slow six-mile journey toward the coast. Authorities are telling tourists to keep their distance from the lava flows, which don’t appear to threaten any nearby towns. Not many people appear to be heeding the warning, however, with reports indicating that people could be seen approaching the flow to take pictures.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and the spectacular sights of the volcano have even been attracting boat tours, especially with the volcano so active this summer.

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