“Firehose” stream of molten lava shoots out of a sea cliff on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact. The massive Kilauea flow is coming from a lava tube at the Kamokuna ocean entry on the southeast side of the Big Island. The lava is gushing from a tube that was exposed when a huge, 26-acre lava delta collapsed into the ocean at the site on New Year’s Eve. The collapse of the newly formed land triggered massive explosions and giant waves in the area. The molten lava is now arching out and falling about 70 feet (21 metres) to the ocean below. When the molten lava hits the cool seawater, it reacts, causing explosions that can throw large chunks of hot rock and debris inland.

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