Nature Video

By Luke Kenton


It’s the end of the world as we know it, at least it looks like it is in this stunning scene as molten lava meets the cool ocean water.

Looking like a hell-fire inferno, the sea appears ablaze in Kalapana, Hawaii, USA, as smoking fumes of black and orange engulf the volcanic rock-side of the Kamokuna ocean entry.

The apocalyptic aesthetic is created as the molten lava cools dramatically as it enters the ocean, boiling the water in a thick steam.

Eventually the lava stems its flow, leaving only a flare-like beacon of orange vapour and dramatic spluttering sparks of lava.

Witnessing the phenomenon close-up, James Kashner said: “It was an awesome feeling.

“Seeing brand new Earth being created before my very eyes was simply amazing.

“The volcano has been active for a long time, but the lava has only recently started the enter the ocean

“The heat is unfathomable, but the experience is unforgettable.”

The Kilauea Volcano, standing at over 4000ft, is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has been erupting regularly for over 30 years.