Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Spews Green Crystals
on 13 June 2018
The lava currently erupting from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano happens to be very crystal-rich. Launching some 130 feet into the air and landing on and near homes, olivine—an olive green gem—happens to be common on the island (and turns certain beaches green) but not usually falling from the sky. The gems were formed under the ground long ago, but the violent eruption spews them and separates them from pumice. It's a strange, beautiful touch from nature—though in circumstances requiring the utmost safety and care.