Leigh Hilbert Photography : Photo Keywords : people lava ocean plume explosive : ~ Pele Roars #3 ~ A massive explosion takes place at the base of the plume where molten lava is pumping into the ocean on the Island of Hawaii.
The plume is comprised of steam, sulfur dioxide, glass particles, ash, rock, and black sand. As the molten lava pours out of the lava tubes that carried it from magma chambers under the flanks of Mauna Loa volcano above, it instantly explodes into black sand and rock fragments. Many of these molten chunks will continue floating and steaming on the ocean.
Photo taken at 8:07 PM on July 14th, 2008 – Island of Hawaii