Lava Video Shows People Getting Too Close

The lava firehose was caused when a lava stream converges into a "single large spout", according to the USGS.

Footage captured by the USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reveals the remarkable volcanic "firehose" in action as it produces risky blasts, creating 'hazardous conditions on land and at sea'. Those planning to visit should keep in mind that interaction of lava with the ocean creates a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

They were unable to access the western end as a result of numerous safety concerns, including poor air quality and the unstable ground.

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Researchers from the USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory braved getting close to the incredible sight to capture the awesome shots.

This crack means the cliff is extremely unstable and could be about to break apart and fall into the sea, reports 9News.com.

"During one exceptionally large burst, spatter was thrown about twice the height of the sea cliff", the society says.

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"These ocean entry littoral explosions, both large and small, create hazardous conditions on land and at sea".

Below, a goofily narrated video from last Thursday, January 26, and further below, video shot yesterday by Big Island Video News.

Kilauea has been erupting for 30 years and is believed to have formed anywhere between 300,000-600,000 years ago.

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The footage shows lava bursting out of a crack in the cliff, creating "pulsating littoral explosions that the spatter (fragments of molten lava) high into the air" as it hits the water, the US Geological Survey (USGS) website said.


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