Skip to comments.44 Acres of Coastline Collapse in Hawaii
Posted on 12/02/2005 9:14:27 PM PST by Daralundy
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii - About 44 acres of coastline collapsed into the ocean this week, setting loose a glowing stream of lava that shot out from the newly exposed cliffside 45 feet above the water. The plume, 6 feet in diameter, sent up a tower of steam as it hit the water and began forming a ramp of new land.
The collapse of solidified lava shelf and sea cliff Monday was the largest since Kilauea Volcano began its current eruption in 1983.
Jim Kauahikaua, scientist-in-charge of the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said a collapse warning was issued in June because the shelf had become large and had formed cracks. Large collapses had happened in the area before.
Rumblings tipped scientists to Monday's collapse, which took about 4 1/2 hours. Even at that relatively slow pace, the effect was spectacular.
"The cliff just caved away like a glacier," said park spokesman Jim Gale. "It just sheared off that old wall. There's this gigantic steam plume and you see the red just falling down _ an incredible fire hose display."
The collapse sent out globs of lava and head-size boulders. Sheets of volcanic glass called limu o Pele, after the Hawaiian goddess of fire, and thin strands of volcanic glass known as Pele's hair were found 1,800 feet inland.
Has George Norry been informed?
Okay, I'll be the first: Global Warming.
Okay, I'll be the first: This is Bush's fault.
Okay, I'll be the first: Signs of the End Times.
Another reason I am glad I live 2000 miles away from the Left Coast...
"About 44 acres of coastline collapsed into the ocean this week..."
No big deal. When coastline collapses into the ocean, what are you left with? More coastline.
Considering how much an acre of coastline cost in Hawaii, that was an expensive collapse. ;-)
Okay, I'll be first: Buy GOLD!
Okay, I'll be the first. It's called NATURE.
I dunno. How big is the island?
I had a friend once that was a photographer and he was standing on the cliffs over the sea where the flows were coming out trying to get some awesome pictures of the hot lave pouring into the sea. That shelf also gave way and he was never seen again...What a way to go , no?
< /sarcasm >
Sorry to hear but I bet it was quick.
If only Bush had signed the Kyoto protocol and not attacked Iraq, this wouldn't have happened!
< / sarc
Not that I care (I didn't even care about the Tsunami) but it is actually reduced coastline. If you were to picture the island as a circle, a collapse of the coastline could only result in a circle with a smaller circumfernce. Unless somehow the collaps of the coastline left massive fjords like you see in Norway.
Yeah, but the East Coast has talk of the Canary Islands sloughing off, sending huge wave to wipe out coastal cities.
The overwhelming majority of the tsunami research community has roundly debunked this scenario; landslide tsunami have difficulty propagating long distances. It's something frantically overhyped.
Re: "Yeah, but the East Coast has talk of the Canary Islands sloughing off, sending huge wave to wipe out coastal cities."
Yeah, that's why I am also happy to be 1,000 miles from the East Coast and some 300 miles from the Gulf Coast...
That's okay. They'll make more.
In this photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the collapse of 44-acres, (17.6-hectares) at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is seen falling into the ocean Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, exposing a 60-foot cliff and a 6-foot in diameter stream of lava shooting from the cliff face. The glowing lava has since formed a ramp of new land as it continues to pour out into the ocean sending up a tower of steam. The collapse of solidified lava and sea cliff is the largest since Kilauea Volcano began its current eruption in 1983. (AP Photo/Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory)
Correct me if wrong, but I thought it was just the opposite. I believe Hawaii is actually building itself and growing.
Looks like another drunk castmember of "Lost" was up to no good.
what a pessimist....i say hawaii is growing a coastline
I have been to Hawaii Volcano Park several times and have stood within several feet of the surface flows of this volcano. It is amazing to see up close and our pictures do not fully capture the awe you feel being there. The rangers go to the lava flows with groups and they tell people not to go past a certain point. The volcano is relatively calm in that it is not spewing lava, but is just slow flowing. But wow, I remember seeing part of this coast being formed and now its falling into the ocean.
Damn Republicans really flame my butt!
"That's why I am also happy to be 1,000 miles from the East Coast and some 300 miles from the Gulf Coast..."
Two words: New Madrid!
Geologic records show that a large chunk of one of the Islands fell into the ocean. It send a wave over 400' tall right into the bay of Honolulu if I recall. (It was some place with lots of skyscrappers). And they're monitoring some big huge crack (miles long and several feet wide) on one of the islands for movement.
Actually, on an island, if enough coastline falls away, you are left with only ocean.
When does a cuumb become half a crumb?
Crumb boy im dump
Who is talking about that?
Come'on a 1000' wave generated that will travel thousands of miles because a big chuck of relatively small island fell into the sea. How far can it fall? A few hundred feet?
It think those talking about this have been watching too many Hollywood scifi movies.
The lava bubble has burst.
About 44 acres smaller now.
The photo looks like it was 44 acres of vertical land.
That, and the fact that I had a date last night - it's The Apocalypse!
"Actually, on an island, if enough coastline falls away, you are left with only ocean."
True, but this seemed like a pretty big island. Besides, my comment was meant to be cleverly humorous, not topographically correct. :)
This is awesome.
Hope someone filmed it.
"I had a friend once that was a photographer and he was standing on the cliffs over the sea where the flows were coming out trying to get some awesome pictures of the hot lave pouring into the sea. That shelf also gave way and he was never seen again...What a way to go , no?"
OOOUCH! Wouldn't want to be in his shoes.
Scoffers are also a "sign of the times".
The ongoing lava flow, which caused the collapse, will fill in the gap and then some. This side of the island is a growing edge.
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