Dramatic Images and Video Show Lava Flow from Hawaiian Volcano

Upon a careful examination of the "unstable sea cliff" this past weekend, researchers discovered a hot crack just above the site where the lava is flowing out, with temperatures as high as 428 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most of Kilauea's lava flows erupted since 1992 have remained within the National Park, but Kilauea's geologic history indicates that future activity will again threaten residential areas on the volcano's south flank, says the agency.

In late January, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory released dramatic video and images of lava flowing into the ocean from the Kilauea volcano. The latest lava flow began after a delta on the mountain collapsed on December 31 taking a 4-acre portion of cliff with it.

The lava firehose was caused when a lava stream converges into a "single large spout", according to the USGS.

The lava cools, expands and the bursts as it interacts with the ocean water, the USGS said.

This eruption of Kilauea, from its Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater, has been ongoing since 1983.

It is the biggest and most active of the island's five volcanoes.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is putting on a spectacular show as lava spews from a crack in the mountain and pours into the sea in an explosion of steam, ash and debris.

The lava flow streaming below continued on at a somewhat steady rate across last week, occasionally appearing wider and with holes in the sheet. The stream was remarkably steady today, but produced pulsating littoral explosions that threw spatter onto the sea cliff.

  • Tracy Ferguson