As of Tuesday, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously for 29 years, making its name all-the-more appropriate. In Hawaiian, Kilauea means “spewing” or “much spreading”, something the volcano has been doing non-stop since January 3rd, 1983. According to geologists, enough lava has been blown out of Kilauea over that span to pave a road around the world three times. The occasion was commemorated by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory with a lecture on Kilauea's history, which more than 200 people attended.
2011 was an exciting year for Kilauea observers, as lava began spewing from a new fissure on the volcano's east rift zone. The new fissure, named Kamoamoa, created breathtaking tall lava flows. Tourists and locals alike often walk within a few yards of Kilauea'a sluggish lava flows, as the magma rolls from its release point down into the Pacific Ocean. Later this month, the observatory will celebrate its 100th anniversary, opening its doors, normally closed to the public, for an open house on January 21st.