Lava Plume Funnel

This plume is the result of a massive volume of molten lava shooting out of a lava tube that lies within the lava I am standing on while taking this photo.

 

The lava explodes as it hits the ocean water resulting in tremendous heat, steam, sulfur gas, glass particles, rock and sand. So much turbulence often spawns heat tornadoes or water spouts. This spout is about 100-feet long and I could not tell if it actually sucked up any water.

This image was used on a leading TV news story about these spouts, here in Hawaii.

 

Between the plume and the funnel other little twisters are forming.

This shot and many of my molten lava photos are available for prints or digital downloads here

 

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Uploaded on July 21, 2008