Explosive Lava and Static Lightning on Big Island of Hawaii
September 02, 2008
This spectacular photo captured on the Big Island of Hawaii shows surreal static lightning flashes as seen through a massive cloud consisting of super-heated steam, sulfur dioxide, glass particles, and ash. Exploding lava showers instantly created black sand. The cloud was generated when a huge volume of molten lava poured into the ocean. It emanated from a single lava tube that carried it from magma chambers under the flanks of Mauna Loa’s Kilauea volcano, about 7 mi (11 km) further upslope. Photo taken on July 17, 2008 at 8:14 p.m.