Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park is putting on a show right now.
Mother Nature put on a show of her own earlier this week when volcanic activity caused the collapse of a lava delta.
While the collapse caused a dangerous situation, with some viewing areas being closed off by the National Park Service, it also created a unique viewing opportunity as hot magma and debris started shooting out of the earth near an area of the park called Kamokuna.
These latest eruptions started at 2:45 p.m. New Year’s Eve and have continued into this week. When the collapse of the lava delta started, rangers had to quickly get people out of the area. Thrillist reports five people were evacuated from a closed off area only 15 minutes before the area they were standing on collapsed into the ocean.
“Those 40-foot waves that were generated from the breakoff started to erode the coastal cliff section, so a lot of the coast cliff area that was out there, the former viewing area, all of that fell into the ocean,” National Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane told the Associated Press. “It’s a very, very dangerous situation out there.”
While dangerous, the volcanic activity also makes for a spectacular show of the raw powers of the earth. If you’re lucky enough to be in Hawaii right now, you might want to make your way to the park for a rare viewing opportunity!