Skip to comments.Lava Flows From Hawaii Into the Ocean at Night (VIDEO)
Posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:53 PM PST by nickcarraway
Streams of lava pouring into the ocean from the Big Island have been captured in a rare video that's drawing attention from around the globe.
The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously from its Pu'u'O'o vent since 1983, according to Reuters, but the lava flow usually doesn't make the seven-mile journey into the ocean.
Lava first started flowing into the ocean on November 25. You can track the lava's flow on the National Parks Service website.
And officials are cautioning curious tourists to keep their distance. See a slideshow of the lava flow. "Ocean entries can be quite beautiful but also quite dangerous," Janet Babb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told Reuters.
Babb said chunks of lava and hot water created from the lava-to-ocean impact can hurt people standing as far as 100 yards away.
"The molten lava meeting the ocean creates steam which may look innocuous, but can be quite hazardous," she said. "It's acidic and contains tiny particles of volcanic glass. And waves crashing with the lava can send out scalding water."
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The steam will be used to power Baraq’s new mansion. Surely there’s a multi-million green energy subsidy in there someplace.
It’s hard to call this rare when it was flowing into the ocean like this day after day for years.
They listed it on the cruise ship itineraries for night-time sail bys
I understand he’s flying down there over Christmas to confer with fellow divine Madam Pele.
Wow, that’s pretty spectacular.
Here’s the youtube direct link so you don’t have to mess with yahoo.
Rare meaning they didn't get very close. It would have been medium or even well done if the photographer didn't have a telephoto lens.
I kid you not, I saw it with my own eyes from the deck of a sailboat on the first day of a solo trip from Hilo on the Big Island, south around the corner, and onward to Guam. The Big Island is so damn big it took me until way at night just to turn the corner, and the orange lave was visible against the black island. That was pretty cool. Took me a month to get to Guam, sailing on the trades from the high to low teens in latitude. That was the middle point of my longest solo, Panama-Hawaii-Guam. I’d never do long trips solo again, if I had a choice. With crew is much better.
Not saying what I’m thinking, not saying what I’m thinking...
Did they get a permit for that lava flow?
Uh, hardly rare.
It’s an experience watching in person a lava flow.
The EPA is not pleased with this at all!
After seeing all the paperwork I had to do just to build a new dock... I’m surprised the Corps do Engineers would allow this. :-)
After seeing all the paperwork I had to do just to build a new dock... I’m surprised the Corps of Engineers would allow this. :-)
Well, nuts. That wasn’t sposed ta post twice.
That sure sounds like something else. I should like to do that sometime.
We just got back from Hawaii (Kona side) a few weeks ago and drove over to the wet side to see Volcanoes National Park.
No photograph will ever do justice to capture the experience of looking down into Halema’uma’u Crater’s caldera from the rim. It rivals the Grand Canyon for awesome beauty, but it’s fear factor is something that will cause silent prayers while visiting it. I looked around at the faces of the visitors while we were there and saw very few fools with carefree disregard for what they were experiencing. Many of the people I saw had this “We’re sort of risking our lives here right now, aren’t we?” look on their faces. I’m sure that I did.
After looking down into that lava, I can certainly understand how the native Hawaiians in the 19th century initially learned about Jesus from the Christian missionaries and promptly used whatever Hawaiian word there was for ‘bullshit’ and kept right on cowering in mortal fear of Pele the Goddess of Fire, that she would again grow angry with mankind.
If Halema’uma’u erupts again in my lifetime in an explosive event like it did in 1924, I’m dropping whatever I’m doing and flying to Hilo on the next plane out so I can see it happen. I looked out over that several mile wide plain of black lava flow and wished with all my heart to see it as a enormous lake of fire and lava like they did 90 years ago.
Yeah, no doubt. Looking straight into the bowels of hell, on an open fiery sore right at the surface. I just saw the orange fire in the distance, but I was close enough to know what it was. You were way, way closer, looking down into the maw.
We were in Hawaii in 1987, and were able to view this same vent spewing lava into the ocean and the ENORMOUS sheets of steam that rise up as the molten lava hits the water. The area is not easy to get to and is barricaded in some spots but if you ask around, people know how you can get over there. Probably the most spectacular event I have seen in my lifetime. We had our children with us and they still talk about how fascinating that was!
It was flying over the volcano in a helicopter, walking along the surface lava flows and diving the lava tubes that convinced me that anthropomorphic CO2 estimates by the IPCC were false.
The pre-IPCC estimates were that humans produced an insignificant amount of CO2 in the carbon cycle. After AR1 (we’re at AR4 now) all that changed and the UNEP started predicting global warming. IPCC now says we produce 3-4% of global CO2.
I truly think termite farts contain far more CO2 than man produces, not to mention the world’s bacteria. And despite reports by New Scientist and others, I think volcanos (especially underwater ones) produce far more CO2 than we do.
What, to tell her to quit polluting "his" state?
Rotsa ruck with that ...