INSANE IMAGES: Hawaiian Volcano Spews Ash Into The Air, But The Golf Must Go On

Kilauea lava lake on May 6, 2018 (Image via U.S. Geological Survey)

Scientists have been warning that the ongoing eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could turn explosive. On Tuesday they were proved right.

Kilauea, located on the Island of Hawaii, a.k.a. The Big Island, is what’s known as a shield volcano. Shield volcano eruptions, unlike stratovolcano eruptions, typically feature oozing lava rather than violent explosions of ash and rock.

For the last two weeks, Kilauea has been oozing lava. While this has sadly destroyed a lot of homes, it hasn’t created a state of emergency. However, things took a turn for the worse over the weekend, when the lava lake in the volcano’s crater started dropping rather drastically. Scientists warned that when the lava dropped below the water table, the interaction between the lava and water could result in a rare but violent steam eruption, with the potential for major ash clouds and projectile rocks.

On Tuesday, the prediction became a reality. Kilauea began spewing giant ash clouds into the air, prompting the U.S. Geological survey to issue red alert for aviation in the vicinity. They also warned of significant ashfall and vog (volcanic air pollution), which pose significant threats to public health. A sudden change in wind direction could blanket huge swaths of the island in ash.

Amazingly, though, all the threats of ash and poisonous air pollution weren’t enough to keep some locals off the links. Just take a look at these utterly surreal photos of people playing golf against a backdrop of pure armageddon:

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI – MAY 15: People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano’s Halemaumau crater ‘has raised the potential for explosive eruptions’ at the volcano. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI – MAY 15: A man drives a golf cart at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI – MAY 15: Boys look on while playing at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

 

I’m all for keeping your cool during a crisis, but golf? Really? When the volcano down the road is spewing literally tons of ash and poisonous gas into the air, that’s probably time to call it a day.

Hat Tip – [Earther]

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