Cliff gives way at "firehose" lava flow as tourists watch
HONOLULU (AP) — A section of sea cliff above a massive "firehose" lava flow on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano has collapsed and splashed into the ocean as tourists and geologists watched on.
A large crack in the section of cliff above the gushing molten lava stream gave way Thursday afternoon as scientists stood just yards away. A tour boat was cruising by when the collapse happened. Video shows guests gasping and screaming as the huge piece of land splashes down in front of them, sending debris high into the air.
The collapse stopped the heavy stream of lava known as a firehose flow that had been arching out from near the top of the cliffs.
The USGS warns that a portion of unstable cliff is still attached and could break off at any time.