HAPPY DAYS: The smiley face could clearly be seen etched in lava in the central vent

IT looked like a great day for this volcano as it erupted – or at least it seemed to think so, as a huge smiley face appeared in lava in its crater.

Shining bright red against the black rocky background, the face – complete with eyes and a wide smile – could clearly be seen in the middle of the volcano’s central vent.

The amazing aerial footage was captured by a helicopter tour company as it flew over the incredible spectacle.

Mick Kabler of Paradise Helicopters was lucky enough to see and film the extraordinary phenomenon at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii.

He later shared the video on Vimeo, saying: “New flow covered the nearby road and moved quickly to the coast for the first time in three years.

“Visitors flock to the eruption for a once in a lifetime close-up view of red hot active lava!”

Tourist Derek Scott, a 16-year-old from Canada who visited Kilauea recently, said in an interview with local media that it was incredible to see the volcano so close up.

He said: “I’ve never actually seen it that close by. The hear that radiates off the body when you’re that close to it is amazing.”

It’s not just tourists who have been amused by the natural wonder, however – social media users have been tickled by the image of the smiling volcano and reposting it online.

One Twitter user posted a screen-grab of Kabler’s video with the caption: “Blowing off a little steam feels good sometimes!”

Meanwhile, another person wrote: “Nothing like a smiley volcano to brighten your day.”

Kilauea has been erupting since 1983, making it the most active of the five volcanoes that form Hawaii.

However, though Kilauea has put a smile on many people’s faces – besides its own – volcanoes can be lethal.

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