- Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash onto Hawaii’s Big Island.
- A video posted on Thursday shows a phenomenon that geologists are calling a “lava boat.”
- In the video (embedded below), a river of lava breaks off a massive chunk of rock.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is continuing to erupt, with lava gushing through a swath of Hawaii’s Big Island and pouring into the Pacific Ocean.
The volcano, which has been slowly and continuously erupting for decades, entered a new, more violent eruption phase in May.
Beyond the immediate fire danger from the lava, high levels of sulfur dioxide spewing from the volcano pose a serious threat to children, elderly people, and people with respiratory issues. The ongoing eruptions have affected Hawaii’s tourism-driven economy and are transforming large swaths of the island’s normally lush landscape.
But despite the dangers, the volcanic eruption can also be savagely beautiful at times – and a cornucopia of phenomena for geologists and volcanologists to study.
A video posted Thursday on Twitter by Mileka Lincoln, a Hawaii News Now reporter, shows a rare phenomenon that the United States Geological Survey is calling a “lava boat.”
In the video, a fast-moving river of lava breaks off a massive chunk of rock, which then floats down the lava river before breaking apart.
Check out the video below – the rock breaks about 40 seconds in.
#LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano LATEST: #IkaikaMarzo captures the phenomena that USGS has named a “lava boat”. Watch as it makes its way down the #Fissure8 lava river in Kapoho and then breaks apart ???? https://t.co/66DxdlXUzZ @HawaiiNewsNow #HINews pic.twitter.com/bAQK1uYyJh
— Mileka Lincoln (@MilekaLincoln) June 28, 2018