Lava Crossing Road

Divided Highway Ahead

The 1969-1971 Mauna Ulu eruption of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park created many hazards for park visitors and area homes. In this classic Hawaii volcano shot, fresh pahoehoe lava from Kilauea cools atop recently laid blacktop giving humor to a now ironically placed “Divided Highway Ahead” sign.

On the Big Island of Hawaii, lava flow on the south side is a nearly daily occurrence and has been for a couple of decades. As one of the world’s most active ongoing volcanic eruptions, Kilauea shows Pele’s mighty force by often overrunning the work of man.

Mauna Ulu dead end; lava flow across the road. June 1969. USGS Photo.

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