Stunning Photos of Hawaii's Mount Kilauea's Volcanic Eruption

A Hawaii resident wearing a protective mask walks past a lava flow after snapping pictures. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Clouds appear to glow red above the lava on Big Hawaii Island.Mario Tama/Getty Images

This weekend, Mount Kilauea erupted, again, spewing lava onto Hawaii's Big Island. Ongoing eruptions and lava spreading, sometimes fast, and sometimes slow, have engulfed parts of the island. The volcanic activity has destroyed multiple homes and injured one man's leg. 

The 2018 lower Puna eruption began on May 3rd, and BBC writes that the situation is "steadily worsening."

Luckily, geologists knew in advance that the eruption was coming. More than 150 earthquakes occurred in the area over 24 hours, and geologists recognized that as a pattern preceeding eruption. This prediction allowed officials time to notify and evacuate Hawaii residents and to close off sections of the island. 

Photographers on the scene have gathered photographs from beside the lava and from above, creating these captivating images that tell the story of Mount Kilauea. 

Lava spews from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
USGS geologists carefully inspect the lava from a fissure on Kilauea volcano.Mario Tama / Getty Images
Halemaumau crater glows with lava. A lowering of lava in the crater helped geologists predict that the volcano would erupt. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Hot lava that had burned through forest and homes cools and turns black, emitting smog and dust.Mario Tama/Getty Images
Lava flows down Makamae Street, blocking access and lighting foliage and power lines on fire. USGS via Getty Images
A cloud of smoke doesn't stop a game of golf on the Big Island of Hawaii. Flights haven't been cancelled and many tourist activities are still taking place. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Hot lava explodes into the air over the weekend, causing a plume 30,000 feet tall.Mario Tama/Getty Images
A woman takes a selfie with volcanic ash plumeMario Tama / Getty Images