Stunning images show golfers undisturbed by volcano eruption in Hawaii

The US Geological Survey raised its alert level for Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano to red on Tuesday, but some ambitious golfers still found time to hit the links, leading to some stunning images.

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The US Geological Survey raised its alert level for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano to red on Tuesday, but some ambitious golfers still found time to hit the links, leading to some stunning images.
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Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano has experts paying attention and asking those near the eruption to be prepared. On Tuesday, the US Geological Survey raised its alert level to “red,” indicating that “Major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.”

Still, at Volcano Golf and Country Club, some ambitious golfers found the time to sneak in a few holes as ash stirred up into the air behind them, which led to some stunningly asynchronous images captured by Mario Tama for Getty Images. You can take a look at the wild scene below.


Despite the red alert now in effect, a few focused golfers found the time to play a few holes.

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Some playing the course posted photos of the scene on Instagram. It is tough to imagine a more difficult distraction than a natural disaster playing out in the background.


Volcano Golf and Country Club is aptly named, but is reportedly safe from the path of the volcano for now. Sanae Gathwright, vice president of golf-course operations, said that they’re ready to move if that changes. “If something happens, we’ll be out of here in minutes,” Gathwright said.

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Elsewhere on the grounds, people passed on the fairways in favor of taking in the scope of the eruption.

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The ash cloud of the eruption has reportedly reached as high as 12,000 feet above sea level.

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Even off the course, some couldn’t pass up the once in an opportunity for a good picture.

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