Nature Puts on Spectacular Show on Hawaii Coast as Lava Pours Into the Sea

StoryfulPublished: January 31, 20171,931 views
Published: January 31, 2017

The chance to see a dramatic interaction between water and lava draws many visitors to the area surrounding Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

Few examples of lava spill could be more spectacular than this one, recorded on January 29, which shows a strong flow of bright orange molten rock hitting the sea, sending explosions of ash and steam into the air.

The <span class="caps">USGS</span> warns people not to get too close to such a seductive sight, with explosions and unstable land creating real dangers. A couple of hikers are seen in this footage, closely observing the spill from a clifftop, even as rocks crumble away into the sea beneath them.

Lava has been pouring into the ocean near Kilauea since a lava delta there collapsed on December 31, taking part of the sea cliff with it. This eruption of Kilauea, from its Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater, has been ongoing since 1983.

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