Photographer's Note

Rare 'lava firehose' from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

Fire Hose in Hawaii Volcano National Park. Actually the lava is coming out of a lava tube and fall directly in the ocean. Creating beautiful phreatomagmatic eruption.
From an exposed tube in a sea cliff of a volcano, hundreds of millions of gallons of lava have been streaming into the Pacific. The lava continues to cause explosive reactions with a superheated cloud of hydrochloric acid when it reaches the water. And there is still no sign of the formation of a delta that would stop the flow of lava.

Just a couple of days after the lava delta (sea cliff) collapsed and cut off a dramatic stream of lava in Hawaii, the so-called “fire hose” is back, pouring molten rock into the ocean.

The stream of lava formed in January when the Kamokuna lava delta collapsed into the sea. A brilliant stream of red lava (called 61g) poured out, prompting officials with the US Geological Survey to warn visitors to keep their distance. The collapse left huge cracks in the cliff, which broke apart while geologists were visiting the site.

That picture has been selected for the cover page of LAVE (revue de l'association européenne de volcanologie). I wrote a paper (in French) on the mechanism of lava delta formation and collapse - you can find (and download) it on my website:

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  • Copyright: Michel Detay (mdetay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 487 W: 1 N: 1045] (4929)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2017-02-25
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-06-04 23:50
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