Photos of a volcanic eruption have gone viral as people have become fascinated by the illusion of the lava appearing to form “nature’s grin.”
The Kilauea volcano of Hawaii is known as one of the world’s most active volcanoes, according to USA Today. During one of its most recent eruptions, a smiley face seemed to form in its 80-feet deep crater.
Kilauea volcano in Hawaii seems to be in especially good mood, credits: Paradise Helicopters pic.twitter.com/L7pa35evQO— David Bressan (@David_Bressan) July 31, 2016
Lol there's a smiley face in a volcano ?? pic.twitter.com/YkHrOmIRNK— deb bts d-5 (@JiminieTae) July 29, 2016
Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983, but the current lava flow began on May 24 and barely just reached the Pacific Ocean on July 26 — its first time reaching the ocean since 2013.
The video of the fiery smiley face was captured Thursday by helicopter tour company Paradise Helicopters and depicts a nearly perfect grin with two glowing eyes.
The footage is truly remarkable and offers a glimpse of beauty at a time when the world — particularly the United States — is being bombarded by ugliness in the form of hate.
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