While flying over the Pu’u O’o crater volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, filmmaker Mick Kalber was treated to an extraordinary aerial view of a smiling lava face.
The 1,000 °C molten lava had broken through the surface creating eyes and a beaming (albeit crooked) smile. Kalber, who is no stranger to the islands volcanos, was filming the event because it was the first time in many years the volcano has created a new lava route to the ocean.
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Many enthusiasts showed up to watch the red hot lava trickle down into the ocean, hissing and steaming as the waves lap over the flow.