Liquid lava flows in Hawaii appear to form a smiling face

Liquid lava continued to flow at the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on Thursday (March 9) and could be seen from above forming what looked like a smiling face in the Pu’u O’o lava lake.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, lava flow from the lake is entering the ocean and feeding surface flows on and above the pali, or cliff.

The observatory said there was no risk to nearby Hawaiian communities from the lava flow.

The Kilauea volcano has erupted from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983.

Molten lava is hotter than 1,650 degrees F (900 C), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.