The Boiling Seas of Hawaii (Volcano Week 3)

Thursday, 16th October 2008 by

It’s Volcano Week 3 here at GSS, which explains why our posts over the course of this week have been mostly volcano related.

Kīlauea on the island of Hawaiʻi is often considered to be the world’s most active volcano.

The Hawaiian name “Kīlauea” translates to “spewing” or “much spreading”, which makes sense as it has been spewing lava non-stop since 1983.

Some of this 700 °C molten lava eventually reaches to the sea, where the explosive collision instantly boils the water and sets the lava.

The Google Earth image shows the giant cloud of stream rising from the shore or you can see the on YouTube.

The Google Earth image shows the giant cloud of stream that rises from the shore, and you can also see the dramatic meeting on YouTube.

In recent months activity at Kīlauea has stepped up, with explosive eruptions at the Halema`uma`u crater.

In the Google Earth image of the crater there is no explosion, but there’s another giant cloud, this time of the slightly more toxic sulfur dioxide. Another video on YouTube is of a burning eruption that was filmed just a couple of days ago.


Read more about Kīlauea and Halema`uma`u crater on Wikipedia and the other Volcanos of Hawaii in our previous post.

Thanks to Barnstormer66.