Hawaii – Firehose Lava

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February 9, 2017 Hawaii Firehose Lava! – The firehose lava at the ocean entry was very visible today and gave us our best shots since it began last New Year’s Eve. The main flow continues unabated, dumping between one and two million gallons of hot rock into the Pacific Ocean every hour! The ocean entry is still located at Kamokuna just inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Several recent collapses have lopped off sizable portions of the bench and sea cliff at the entry area. The long-lived firehose lava stream sends tons of hot molten lava into the cold sea water, freezing the lava and causing littoral explosions, which shatter it into fragments. Some of these sink to the depths of the sea, while others gain the purchase of the coastal rocks to form black sand beaches.

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