A massive static electric lighting bolt flashes through the base of the plume (violet color above red-orange lava) where molten lava is pumping into the Pacific Ocean on the Island of Hawaii.
There is a crowd of people watching from the shadows below, and that 'star' above is the planet Jupiter. The 3/4's full moon is just off to our left and the moonlight is what has illuminated the massive two thousand foot tall lava plume.
The plume is comprised of steam, sulfur dioxide, glass particles, ash, rock, and black sand. As the molten lava pours out of the lava tubes that carried it from the volcano above, it instantly explodes into black sand and rock fragments. Many of these molten chunks will continue floating and steaming on the ocean.
This photo was shown on a local Hawaiian TV station and was taken at
8:45 PM on July 14th, 2008 – Island of Hawaii
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