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CSAV Hawaii: Volcanic Eruption with Lightning

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Uploaded on Oct 8, 2009

Lava, lightning, and "waterspouts"! Feel free to use this eruption video for school projects; credit CSAV. Slow-motion lightning at 2:30. Lava enters ocean, explodes & produces volcanic cloud with vortex (looks like a tornado, but it's not) & lightning. Spatter lands nearby on a littoral cone. As the hot plume rises, it draws up cooler air and moisture from the sea, forming a vortex (similar to a waterspout). Location is Kilauea volcano, near Kalapana. This is a 3-minute, extended version of the original 1:05 clip!

Video shot & edited by UHH Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV).
NEW! Lightning Page answers FAQ about "tornado" and cause of volcanic lightning.
http://www.hilo.hawaii.edu/~csav/gall...

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