Leaning out of an open door helicopter, I took this image of Fissure #8 and the lava river flowing from it during the current eruption (2018) of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii.  With lava spewing 200 - 250 feet out of the fissure and a subsequent lava river flowing at a rate up to 16 mph,  this is a striking image of nature’s pure power.  Evan at  300 feet above the lava, one can feel the heat being produced by the river itself.

I wish all of those affected by this recent event (hundreds of homes have been lost) a safe and speedy recovery as soon as Madame Pele allows.

                 All Images Copyright Marshall R. Mahler Photography 2002-2018

“River of Fire”