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Spectacular Lava Spill In Hawaii

 

Spectacular Lava Spill In Hawaii and I can still remember the very first time I visited the Lava desert on the Big Island. The smell of sulfur was so strong my lungs were gasping for oxygen. So I ran back to my car as fast as I could, before I would collapse from the suffocation. It was a sight to see, in all four directions (North, South, East, and West) was nothing but Lava flows. It melted everything in its path, including an old VW car body, or what was left of it.

Lava overtopped a seaside cliff in Hawaii this weekend, sending up spectacular steam plumes caught on video and in pictures by a camera crew aboard a helicopter.

The slow-moving stream of molten rock, a sticky form of lava called “pahoehoe,” crested the edge around 1 p.m. Hawaiian time on Saturday (Nov. 24), said Ken Hon, a geology professor at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Hon and his students were accompanying a documentary crew at the site and saw the lava pour over the cliff.

Paradise Helicopters in Hawaii flew videographers Ann and Mick Kalber over the foaming ocean, capturing the formation of the world’s newest land.

As the viscous lava drops downward, it tears and plops onto cooled rocks below, building 20-foot-tall (6 meter) towers that look like stalagmites, Hon said.

“It was really beautiful,” he told OurAmazingPlanet. “At night, you could see them glowing because they were topped with hot lava. It made these very neat-looking towers.”

Spectacular Lava Spill In Hawaii

The lava oozes from rift vents on the eastern flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, fed by its Pu’u O’o crater. The molten stream is about 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) wide and travels slowly, advancing only about 1,600 feet (500 m) in two weeks, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

Though Hon, a volcanologist, was granted access to the area, the active lava flows are within the Kahauale’a Natural Area Reserve, which is closed to access and can be viewed only from the air or from Hawaii National Park’s Kalapana viewing area.

Lava from Kilauea’s east rift flows into the ocean since the volcano began erupting way back in Jan. 3, 1983. More recurrently, the last time molten rock from Kilauea flowed into the ocean was about a year ago in December 2011.

Spectacular Lava Spill In Hawaii, so stop by the Big Island and see it for yourself, amazing…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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