Volcano raining gems on Hawaii
AFTER weeks of spewing ash and lava, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is now shooting green crystals into the air.
The tiny green gems, known as olivines, have been discovered by residents living on Hawaii’s Big Island.
“Yes, the lava that is erupting now is very crystal-rich and it is quite possible that residents might be finding olivine,” Cheryl Gansecki, a geologist at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, told Mashable.
According to Ms Gansecki, the olivine is carried in the rapidly cooled lava, not the plume of ash.
Locals have reported finding the tiny green gems on the ground and posted their discoveries on social media.
“In the midst of the destruction nearby & stress of the unknown, (my friends) woke up to this – tiny pieces of olivine all over the ground. It is literally raining gems. Nature is truly amazing,” wrote Erin Jordan on Twitter.
Another Twitter user GEOetc called them “Kilauea’s little gems”.
The gems can be separated from the lava as it explodes through the ocean and breaks into smaller pieces. The olivine can also simply “fall out” of the lava as it erupts into the air.
Tiny green gems, known as olivine, are being discovered in Hawaii in the areas most impacted by the volcano’s lava.