Today in shit that is extremely cool: Hawaii has an epic lava ‘fire hose’, and it’s just started flowing again.
The lava flow – which honest-to-god is a basically waterfall of lava – was extinguished on February 2nd after part of the cliff collapsed. Lava continued to leak out of the Kilauea volcano and into the ocean at Kamokuna below, but there were fears that satanic gush of lava from on high might never flow again.
However, Kalapana Cultural-Tours noted on their Facebook page that a few days later, “guests were surprised to see the lava fire hose still active.”
Hell yeah, look at that baby go.
The lava flow appeared late last month, and has captured the attention of geologists around the world.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has been observing the hot crack (say crack again) since it appeared January 22. It notes that the lava flow, named 71g, poses “no threat to nearby communities” but cautions visitors from venturing too close to the ocean entry (where lava meets the sea) as they would be exposed to “flying debris created by the explosive interaction between lava and water.”
“Also, the new land created is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. In several instances, such collapses, once started, have also incorporated parts of the older sea cliff. This occurred most recently on December 31. Additionally, the 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.”
Metal as fuck.
Photo: Kalapana Cultural-Tours / Facebook.