Narrator: The lava has come far. From its violent release, down across the fields. Nothing could stop it – except the one force that is its measure... ...The sea.
Matt Patrick: What we have here are explosions at the ocean entry building a littoral cone -- littoral basically means coast.
Narrator: When water and lava get trapped together in a tube, steam pressure builds – then explodes...
Now, after seven months, the tube from one of the new vents, “Fissure D,” has at last reached the sea.
Kilauea’s shoreline is today a battle zone.
The lava has been well insulated on its journey here from the cone, so it’s lost little heat. Now 2000 degree molten rock meets 80 degree water. A volatile mix.
The steam also creates waterspouts – miniature tornadoes that can tower over 200 feet.
This is a place to avoid.
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