Molten Lava shoots into the ocean in front of tourist boat
Today’s Video of the Day comes from Hawaii where a boat of tourists witnessed molten lava shooting out of a collapsed volcano and into the ocean.
The scene occurred at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at the site of the Kamokuna lava delta. The delta, a 26-acre volcanic rock formation, had collapsed 10 days prior. Just last week, we featured photos of that collapse on Image of the Day.
According to a spokesman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks Service, the delta is considered “extremely dangerous.”
“Lava deltas are extremely hazardous volcanic features and are formed when lava enters the ocean and builds new land on loose and unstable substrate,” the spokesman explained. “In addition to the threat of collapse, lava entering the ocean produces a highly corrosive plume of hydrochloric acid and volcanic particles that irritate the lungs, skin and eyes. Visitors are strongly urged to stay out of closed areas and heed all posted warning signs.”
The footage was shot by Captain Shane Turpin of Lava Ocean Tours.
“This was a real rare sight as the guests watched in awe,” said Turpin. “First the boat went silent to the point one could hear the sloshing sizzling molten lava hose as it rushed from the earth into the sea. But this was then followed by cheering and gasps at the once-in-a-lifetime experience we all just witnessed.”
‘The heat is real however not to a point that it was uncomfortable and actually it felt quite nice,” he added.
When lava is released from the ground, it can range in temperature from 700 to 1,200 degrees Celsius (1,292 to 2,192 degrees Fahrenheit).
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video & Image Credit: Shane Turpin