'Lava Fire Hose' captured streaming into Pacific Ocean
The United States Geological Survey, or USGS, has released stunning visuals of a fiery lava stream pouring directly into the Pacific Ocean.
In fact, Big Island Video News reports that "geologist Matt Patrick said he hasn't seen anything like it in his 9 years monitoring Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island."
According to the USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website, the activity began around New Year's Eve when a lava delta called Kamokuna collapsed and exposed an active lava tube.
Subsequent updates show images of the lava stream including one from January 29 when "molten lava flowing into cool seawater caused pulsating littoral explosions that threw spatter...high into the air."
As such, officials have warned that the situation presents "hazardous conditions on land and at sea."