By Katy Gill
This is the moment a boat tour came extremely close to a smoking hot “lavaberg”, after the Kilauea Volcano eruption sent the large chunk of lava bobbing into the nearby waters.
Joshua Burbank, 49, captured the moment his boat came scarily close to the van-sized berg whilst sailing around Puna, on the east coast of Hawaii, on Monday, June 18.
For more than a month, scorching hot lava has been spewing from Kilauea Volcano’s Fissure 8, which, at times, has sent lava up to 180 meters into the air, causing drastic devastation and island evacuation.
Though Joshua’s tour boat was located a staggering six miles away from the lava entry, he was still in reaching distance of the floating mass of lava.
Josh was onboard for a couple of hours, witnessing the lava entry, but had also been present a few days prior, having to rescued his cats from his home.
Joseph said: “I captured this whilst out on a lava tour boat.
“We witnessed pieces of lava the size of transit vans floating around the sea until their core cooled down and they released the trapped gasses inside, resulting in them sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
“They would float for around ten minutes and came closer than 100 feet from our boat.
“I could smell the sulfur and feel the heat coming from the bergs and the water, which was bubbling.
“Lavabergs is a nickname I gave to them – it surprised everyone onboard seeing the hot magma and ocean still bubbling.”