Video of Lava Flow from Kilauea

April 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

I took this video at dusk to show the lava flowing from Mount Kilauea into the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side of the Big Island. I think some people expect you can go right up to the lava flow and observe it, but that isn’t the case when the lava is flowing into the ocean. The vapors are noxious and corrosive, plus there are other risks. The temperature difference between the water and the lava can shatter the fresh rock and throw it outward. Ledges of rock can suddenly fall into the sea, producing a wave at best and a tsunami at worst. Even at a distance, the display is amazing and unforgettable.

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