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Kilauae Lava 'Firehose'

Kilauae Lava 'Firehose'

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, February 3, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, art and design, environment

                  Lava "Firehose", Mount Kilauea Volcano, Hawai'i (credit:  YouTube, USGS, NPS)

A jet of molten lava has been erupting from Mount Kilauae in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawai'i for weeks. The gusher is emerging from a lava tube that became exposed when a cliff-face collapsed into the ocean.

Kilauae is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has been erupting for decades. It sits on top of a 'hotspot' in the Earth's crust that created all the Hawai'ian Islands as the Pacific Plate moved over it. The native Hawai'ians consider the mountain sacred and the domaine of the Goddess of Fire, Pele, from their creation legends.

A National Park Service researcher discusses the geologic status of the "lava firehose" and the geomorphology of the volcano itself:



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