You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Lava Waterfall That Once Erupted In Hawaii
Some things just have to be seen to be believed. That’s often true in the lovely state of Hawaii, where some of the beautiful landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders seem like something from a movie. But the following footage of a lava waterfall in Hawaii really takes the cake.
A few years ago during its most active stage of eruption, Kilauea Volcano — a shield volcano that sits on the Hawaiian island — did some pretty crazy things. While eruption is certainly characteristic of Hawaii’s most famous volcano — whose name translated means ‘spewing” — this unique hose of lava is a truly mesmerizing event. Click on the video below to observe this phenomenon:
Were you lucky enough to experience the beauty of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano while it was erupting? What about this particular lava waterfall in Hawaii? I’ll never forget mountain biking to the spot where the lava met the ocean back in 2017! Share your experience with us in the comments or join our Hawaii Nature Lovers Facebook group to share your photographs! Then, be sure to click here to learn all about some of Hawaii’s most breathtaking volcanoes!
How were the Hawaiian Islands created?
The fascinating geology of this unique island paradise is truly fascinating. The Hawaiian archipelago was created millions of years ago when underwater volcanoes emerged from the ocean’s surface. With approximately 20 volcanoes ranging in age from 400,000 years to 5.1 million years, the Hawaiian archipelago is the youngest section of the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain of volcanoes and seamounts extending across the Pacific Ocean.
How many active volcanoes are there in Hawaii today?
In addition to several dormant and extinct volcanoes, the Hawaiian Islands are home to approximately six active volcanoes found across the state. These include Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Mauna Kea, all of which are found on Hawaii Island, as well as Haleakala on Maui and Loihi, the only known active submarine volcano in Hawaii. Loihi erupted recently, in 1996 during a swarm of earthquakes, and is located less than 1,000 meters below sea level southeast of Hawaii Island.
What makes Kilauea Volcano so unique?
With lava flows less than 1,000 years old covering 90 percent of the volcano, Kilauea is Hawaii’s most active volcano. The volcano’s first well-documented eruption took place in 1823, and has been erupting on a regular basis ever since; Kilauea experienced one of the world’s longest volcanic eruptions, from Januarry 1983 to September 2018. As of 2011, Kilauea has produced more than one cubic mile of lava and resurfaced more than 48 square miles of land.