HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – The now-famous lava “firehose” has returned to the cliffs of the Kamokuna ocean entry.
Reports of the death of the firehose following a predicted cliff collapse on February 2 were premature, apparently. The lava spectacle has resumed, and was captured on video by Kalapana Cultural Tours during a visit to the ocean entry by boat on Saturday, Feb. 4.
“Guests were surprise to see the lava fire hose lava still active,” the local tour company posted on Facebook.
The fascinating lava “firehose” was attracting world wide attention before the collapse appeared to extinguish the activity, although lava never stopped entering the water. The lava has been pouring into the ocean inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, part of the 61g flow erupting from a vent near Puʻu ʻŌʻō miles away.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory made no mention of the firehose in its Sunday morning report, other than to say the 61g lava flow remained active and entering the ocean at Kamokuna. On Saturday, however, the USGS offered a correction to their report on the collapse the day before.
“HVO scientists observed that a 30 m by 5 m (98 ft by 16 ft) portion of the block seaward of the hot crack REMAINED AFTER THE 12:55 p.m. collapse on Feb. 2.,” scientists said. “A significantly larger chunk fell into the ocean generating a noticeable, but not unusually large, wave propagating outward from the rockfall location. The dimensions of the collapsed block have not yet been documented.”