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Waterfalls of lava on Hawaii's Big Island

December 10, 2012, 4:24 pmYahoo!7

Lava from Kilauea Volcano's Puu Oo vent has been spilling into the ocean since late November - creating spectacular 40ft waterfalls of molten lava.

Waterfalls of lava on Hawaii s Big Island
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One of the world's most incredible spectacles is taking place in Hawaii, for a limited time only.

Much to the delight of tourists, lava from Kilauea Volcano's Puu Oo vent has been spilling into the ocean since late November - creating spectacular 40ft waterfalls of molten lava.

Photo: Lava Ocean Tours

Tour operators have ramped up the number of tours in order to meet the increased demand, which has seen people travel from around the world in order to catch a glimpse of the action.

According to Shane Turpin from Lava Ocean Adventures, the lava flow is usually pretty steady but it's a rare treat when it actually reaches the ocean. "Being able to see it on land is one thing; when it's touching the ocean, it's quite an exciting time."

Photo: Lava Ocean Tours

"I've been following this volcano my whole life, and I've stopped trying to predict it," he said. "I just sit here and enjoy it when it's happening."

The lava entering the ocean comes from one of two active flows on the coastal plain. Volcanoes are notoriously hard to predict, so it's not known how long this impressive display will last.

Photo: Lava Ocean Tours


See the action below:

More information - www.lavaocean.com

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  1. Sindi04:28pm Sunday 06th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    WOW spectacular. Would really like to do somethink like this in June or July but the water looks awfully rough for me. Is it calmer during the daytime? I wish you had some videos/photos posted of how this looks in daylight. Do you think this will be possible?

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  2. Harindra04:37pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    LOTR Mordor

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  3. Myrene08:53am Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    OMG how awesome is that Lava video. Thanks Captain Shanes for sharing. I wish I was there right now.

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  4. Jamie J12:44am Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    falls of lava

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  5. Ganjar11:44pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    that's called a Effusive eruption. made a structure of pillow lava in the water...so interesting for science

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  6. alienconcepts11:21pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Please do not use 'apple' iphone app to get there .. you might end up with hot bottom

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  7. Heather07:52pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Some people just have no imagination when it comes to nature I found this to be truely amazing.

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  8. Chris07:27pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Lavafalls of lava doesn't sound as impressive

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  9. alienconcepts06:00pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ???? a waterfall of lava ????? is a lava fall ....

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