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
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