Researchers from the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory captured dramatic footage showing a ‘fire hose’ of lava flowing from the Kilauea Volcano and into the sea.
The lava stream, pouring out of the lava tube on the sea cliff at the Kamokuna ocean entry, continues and was similar to yesterday.
The stream appeared wider (as viewed from this angle) today compared to yesterday, and often had holes in the thin sheet.
The entry was still producing small, pulsating littoral explosions.
The video also captures littoral explosions
as the super-hot lava makes contact with the cold sea water at the Kamokuna
the interaction of molten lava flowing into cool seawater caused pulsating
littoral explosions that threw spatter (fragments of molten lava) high into the
air. Some of these incandescent clasts fell on top of the sea cliff behind the
ocean entry, forming a small spatter cone. During one exceptionally large
burst, spatter was thrown about twice the height of the sea cliff. These ocean
entry littoral explosions, both large and small, create hazardous conditions on
land and at sea.
A close up of the stream near the spot where it exits the tube. This view was only possible with a very high magnification lens.