8:00pm Tuesday 10 July on BBC TWO
Kate Humble and Professor Iain Stewart present a four day journey into our extraordinary and dynamic planet, live from Kilauea on Hawaii, the world’s most active volcano.
Coming live from the site of a 1969 eruption in the area of Kilauea known as Mauna Ulu, Kate and Iain get a first-hand look at the destructive power of volcanoes. Where there was once a lush green landscape, there is now only a mass of twisted black lava, stretching as far as the eye can see.
However, volcanoes aren’t just the powerful and destructive forces they may initially appear to be. As Iain explains, they help shape life as we know it, serving to maintain our atmosphere and regulate our climate.
Elsewhere, Ed Byrne investigates the most deadly type of eruption, the pyroclastic flow, whilst Kate travels to the small Icelandic island of Heimaey to hear the amazing story of the islanders who took on the giant lava flow that was threatening to destroy their town – and won.
We also meet Hugh Tuffen, a British volcanologist who travelled to Chile to record spectacular images of the recent explosive eruption of Mount Puyehue.
Volcano live is hosted by the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with assistance from scientists of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory