In areas where powerful storms have hit the water near land, raining fish have been reported. In places where volcanoes are active, of iron and even boiling water have fallen from the sky. As the U.S.A. Today has confirmed, something new is falling from the heavens in Hawaii near Mount Kilauea.
Green crystals are raining from the skies in America’s westernmost state and the ground is littered with these deep earth jewels. “It is literally raining gems,” confirmed Tucson meteorologist Erin Jordan in a tweet that showed photos of the mineral.
Perhaps it doesn’t in real life rain pennies from heaven as the song says, but this is something far rarer. Experts have never of heard of it happening like it is today near the volcano, as a matter of fact.
“Olivine is formed in hot and deep magmas and is brought up to the surface during an eruption,” the expert added. So, while the crystals may not be as precious as priceless jewels, they may be just as eye-pleasing and uncommon to the average man or woman. It is not every day that the Earth bestows the handiwork of her unseen toil deep in the ground.
In an odd twist, scientists have not found any of the crystals yet, though social media is alive with regular people having rather nice luck in their searches. “If verified, this olivine could have fallen out of the lava as it was spewed into the air,” said U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Wendy Stovall when talking to Mashable.
So will anyone be getting rich from this trove thrown from the skies? Most likely not. “It’s pretty common,” Stovall also stated. “There’s often olivine in rocks all over Hawaii.”
“There is even a green sand beach in Hawaii from these minerals eroding out of the basalt (lava),” recalled Krippner. Green beaches are very rare.
The USGS stated, “The crystals are heavier than most sand types on the beach and remain behind when lighter sand grains are washed away by strong wave activity.” The crystals falling now were not made in the eruption, but were forged long ago deep in the bowels of the Earth.
Lest anyone think that because the crystals are not ultra-rare that this is common, Krippner also said, “I have never heard of it raining out as single crystals like this.”
For an area that has suffered so much, it seems fitting that the Earth gives back a little bit of rare beauty to the inhabitants. As for pennies from heaven, sometimes reality is stranger (and prettier) than fiction.
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