A volcano in Hawaii has left local residents amazed after it started spitting out green gems.
People have taken to social media to share pictures of the pretty jewels now erupting from the Kilauea, weeks after it began releasing ash and lava.
The tiny green crystals, known as olivines, are a common mineral that can be found in rapidly cooled lava.
They’re formed when the blast from the eruption forcibly separates the mineral from the rest of the molten and as a result, form as the dazzling gemstones.
While the volcano is still very much active and dangerous, it hasn’t stopped those discovering the gems scattered across the land and branding nature “amazing”.
Friends of mine live in Hawaii, right next to the area impacted by the most recent lava flows. In the midst of the destruction nearby & stress of the unknown, they woke up to this – tiny pieces of olivine all over the ground. It is literally raining gems. Nature is truly amazing. pic.twitter.com/inJWxOp66t
— Erin Jordan (@ErinJordan_WX) June 11, 2018
— GEOetc (@GEOetc2) June 10, 2018
Images of the stunning side-effect have gone viral, with many unable to believe it’s raining gems.
One user joked the volcano had made a mistake, teasing it should be spitting out diamonds instead.
“Where are the diamonds, we need diamonds,” they wrote. “Voclano can’t even volcano right.”
It’s not known how much longer Kilauea will continue to erupt for.
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