Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Pictures

 
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Hawaii Volcanoes Nation Park Photos Showing Recent Volcanic Eruptions and Activity

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As molten from Kilauea lava enters the ocean, land is formed in an expanding fan shape called a lava delta. Great clouds of steam rise into the air where the lava enters the cool water. These clouds are lit up at night in a brilliant orange, attracting tourists and professional photographers alike. The cooling lava solidifies and accumulates over time. However, the foundation on which it rests is unstable, composed of sand and lava rock fragments on a slope. Whenever the lava bench reaches a critical point, it collapses under its own weight and slides further down the slope. These lava bench collapses throw up a huge spray and may trigger a tsunami. Anyone standing on or near the bench when it collapses has no hope of survival, as the area virtually explodes in a shower of lava rock fragments and a scalding tide. Visitors to a lava entry point should never venture onto the newly formed bench, as it can give way without warning. Safer areas are those with older vegetation. On April 19, 1993, a man was killed in a lava bench collapse at the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. On the other hand, those who keep a safe and respectful distance from the entry point are often treated to views of cascading lava, ethereal moonlit landscapes, and even the occasional waterspout or funnel cloud.

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picture of people on lava bench picture of chunks of lava blown into the air picture of lava ocean entry at full moon picture of funnel cloud at lava ocean entry

Picture of people on the bench. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow, large chunks of lava are blown into the air building a large littoral cone.Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Image of large chunks of lava blown into the air building a large littoral cone, usually small cones built near active ocean entries, the cones are constructed of tephra from steam explosions that are sometimes produced when 1,150 degree C lava enters the 25 degree C ocean. Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Picture of the nearly full moon illuminating the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow, Large chunks of lava are blown into the air building a large littoral cone. Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Stock photo of a funnel cloud. Old trail markers can be seen to the right, They mark the old coastline, Everything to the left of there is new land and it should be avoided as it's very unstable and it could collapse at any time, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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picture of water spouts and boats at lava ocean entry picture of people on lava bench at sunrise picture of people on lava bench at sunrise picture of lava ocean entry at full moon

Photo of fair weather waterspouts and tour boats. Large chunks of lava are blown into the air building a large littoral cone. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Picture of people on the lava bench at sunrise. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Image of people on the lava bench at sunrise. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Photo of the nearly full moon illuminating the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow, Large chunks of lava are blown into the air building a large littoral cone. Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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picture of hikers observes lava flow into ocean picture of hikers on lava viewing trail picture of large chuks of lava blown into the air

picture of water spouts and boats at lava ocean entry

Image of Hikers on the edge at sunrise, Waikupanaha ocean entry lava flow area, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Picture of hikers on the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Stock photo of large chunks of lava blown into the air building a large littoral cone, usually small cones built near active ocean entries, the cones are constructed of tephra from steam explosions that are sometimes produced when 1,150 degree C lava enters the 25 degree C ocean. Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Photo of fair weather waterspouts and tour boats. Large chunks of lava are blown into the air building a large littoral cone. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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picture of funnel clouds at lava ocean entry picture of water spouts and boats at lava ocean entry picture of large chunks of lava blown into air

picture of lava plume in full moon and starlight

Image of funnel clouds. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Picture of fair weather waterspouts and tour boats. Large chunks of lava are blown into the air building a large littoral cone. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Stock photo of large chunks of lava blown into the air building a large littoral cone, usually small cones built near active ocean entries, the cones are constructed of tephra from steam explosions that are sometimes produced when 1,150 degree C lava enters the 25 degree C ocean. Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Photo of the nearly full moon illuminating the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. Stars and planets shine above, viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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picture of lava plume in full moon

Image of the nearly full moon illuminating the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. Stars and planets shine above, viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Picture of the nearly full moon illuminating the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. Stars and planets shine above, viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, Waikupanaha ocean entry plume, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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Stock photo of the nearly full moon illuminates the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

Image #: 105683

Photo of the nearly full moon illuminates the large Waikupanaha ocean entry plume. A very large new surface flow creates a new ocean entry and lights up the plume with a bright orange glow. Viewed from the Hawaii county lava viewing trail, East of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana, Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii

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