By Michael Scott
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.
The pictures show the lava channel from Fissure 8 that emerged within the Leilani Estates, a middle class suburb of Hawaii’s Big Island.
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 travelling back over the island.
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 land itself.
Many of the old fissures have become dormant, but Fissure 8 has continued to erupt violently at a constant rate.