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    This Wednesday, May 16, 2018, image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava spattering from an area between active Fissures 16 and 20 photographed at 8:20 a.m. HST, on the lower east rift of the Kilauea volcano, near Pahoa, Hawaii

    Is It Raining Gems in Hawaii? Unlikely, Geologist Says

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    Shortly after volcanic activity at Kilauea had hit the one-month mark, Hawaiians started posting photos of green gemstones that had allegedly fallen from the sky during the Kilauea volcano eruption.

    Cheryl Gansecki, a geologist at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, says the green gems seen in the photos circulating online do not separate from the lava themselves and had likely come out during past eruptions.

    READ MORE: Explosive Eruption Occurs at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano — Civil Defense Agency

    "There is not olivine raining from the sky, except in clumps of lava. If you happen to be where tephra is falling from the sky, there is tiny olivines embedded in it, but you probably aren't going to see them," she said on June 15.

    Earlier, US meteorologist Erin Jordan shared a photo sent to her by a friend from Hawaii, showing tiny green gems found on the ground after the eruption.

    The gems are also known as olivine crystals, which are quite commonly found in Hawaiian lava rock.

    Geologists have confirmed that the numerous stones discovered by the locals were formed deep underground and came out of the volcano along with lava during the eruption.

    Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The latest eruption began in early May and has since destroyed as many as 600 homes on the island, marking one of the most dramatic volcanic eruptions in modern times.


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