Locals, tourists and avid photographers crowd the edge of the overlook at Jager Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National park.
For the first time since 2008 the magma is expected to overflow from the craters’ edge of Hawaii’s famous Kilauea volcano.
The crater, called Halemaumau” is a massive lava lake that has been inflating dramatically in the last week. Violent spurts of molten lava spatter out from the crater.
Long-exposure photographs reveal the red orange illumination of the volcanic gasses and rocky caldera walls.
The searing heat from the lava lake burns into the rock walls surrounding the magma pool. As rocks slough off and fall into the bubbling magma, new explosions occur on the craters edge.
[Soundtrack: Joel Rogers]