WHERE'S THE ROAD?

Approximately 200 feet of road was covered by lava on March 31 and April 1, 2003 in this most recent eruption of Kilauea. Elsewhere in the world, people flee when volcanoes erupt, but on Hawai’i they practically evacuate other islands for a close-up view of this spectacle. Hawaiian volcanoes are not the tall conical variety such as Mt. Fuji or Mt. St. Helens nor do they typically erupt in the mammoth explosions commonly associated with volcanism. The lava is hotter and less viscous than that of more violent volcanoe flows easily and tends to build broad smooth mountains with shallow summit craters known as calderas. Eruptions below the summit along areas of geologic weaknesses are called rift zones.