But it’s going to be tough for the global warming crowd to blame this one on SUVs:
Dec 02 7:02 PM US/Eastern
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — About 44 acres of coastline collapsed into the ocean this week, setting loose a glowing stream of lava that shot out from the newly exposed cliffside 45 feet above the water. The plume, 6 feet in diameter, sent up a tower of steam as it hit the water and began forming a ramp of new land.
Jim Kauahikaua, scientist-in-charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said a collapse warning was issued in June because the shelf had become large and had formed cracks. Large collapses had happened in the area before.
Rumblings tipped scientists to Monday’s collapse, which took about 4 1/2 hours. Even at that relatively slow pace, the effect was spectacular.
“The cliff just caved away like a glacier,” said park spokesman Jim Gale. “It just sheared off that old wall. There’s this gigantic steam plume and you see the red just falling down _ an incredible fire hose display.”
(Hat tip: Matt Drudge.)