UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The ongoing eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island is thought to be the most destructive in the United States since 1980 and it shows no sign of stopping.
In fact, Kilauea Volcano is putting on quite the show.
The U.S. Geological Survey captured video of so-called tephra jets exploding along the coastline of Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone June 11.
The USGS explained the phenomenon as, “When waves splash onto molten lava, they ‘explode’ in a cloud of steam, hot water, and tephra (molten splatter).”
The Big Island is also experiencing volcanic tornados — or “lavanados” if you will — as evidenced by an image captured by photographer Anthony Quintano.
Quintano said the vortex of air spiraled 200 feet into the sky.
Volcanic tornados are rare and only happen when heat reaches extreme temperatures. Air rises and is twisted by crosswinds into a column of fire, smoke, ash and bits of lava.