Shocking new aerials show extent of volcano destruction in Hawaii

Shocking new aerial images show the extent of the destruction caused by the ongoing volcanic activity in Hawaii.

Photographer Joseph Anthony took a flight out over the Puna District, which has been ravaged by lava since the start of May 2018, after Mount Kilauea started releasing molten rock from its crater.

Pic by Joseph Anthony/Caters News

The pictures show the lava channel from Fissure 8 that emerged within the Leilani Estates, a middle-class suburb of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Pic by Joseph Anthony/Caters News

A huge 40ft-high river of red-hot molten rock flows through the countryside out to the Pacific Ocean where it produces a huge plume of ‘laze’ which reaches thousands of feet into the air before traveling back over the island.

Pic by Joseph Anthony/Caters News

Joseph’s images also show vehicles that have been abandoned which are now completely surrounded by lava, and the 1960 Kapoho Crater which is now an island on the land itself.

Pic by Joseph Anthony/Caters News

Many of the old fissures have become dormant, but Fissure 8 has continued to erupt violently at a constant rate.