'Lavabergs' are the newest problem with Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano eruption
We're currently finishing out the second month of eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's big island, and there's no real end in sight. While there hasn't been a massive, catastrophic eruption, there have been fissures that have caused lava to flow out and into the ocean.
And weird things keep happening, too. Last week, it was reported that the volcano was churning out green gems called Olivine. And now, it's apparently making 'Lavabergs.'
Think icebergs, except they wouldn't just sink the Titanic - they'd melt the metal down and set fire to anything on the boat, too.
The USGS tweeted about the phenomenon yesterday.
I'm not sure what sounds better (or worse?)... Lavabergs or Lavaboats?
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the Lavabergs are flowing from Fissure 8, and comprise of cooled chunks of lava floating on top of lava. Which sounds just... lovely.
All in all, it sounds interesting, but rather harmless, right?
Well, if enough of these chunks gather in the same area, they can disrupt the lava flow, and cause the lava to go somewhere else. And according to the USGS, the lava flowing from Fissure 8 is moving as fast as 17 miles (27 km) per hour at times, meaning it's possible to have an unexpected stream of molten rock go where you didn't expect it to.
As it stands right now, Fissure 8 is flowing into the ocean at Kapoho, but local officials have instructed residents nearby to prepare themselves to evacuate should the flow divert itself.
Watch Fissure 8 flow from the vent to the sea: