April 09, 2018

Check out this cool video of these small tornadoes coming off of the Kiauea volcano. We have all seen water spouts coming off of the ocean but these are actually land spouts coming from the volcano. Who knew such a thing existed?


Rare Tornadoes on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

April 4, 2018—Volcanic eruption is a familiar spectacle on the island of Hawaii. Tornadoes, on the other hand, are rare. Videographer Mick Kalber has been working around Kīlauea a long time. But until March 29, Kalber had never seen a landspout on the volcano before. That day, he spotted several at once. Landspouts, named for the waterspouts they can resemble, are a type of small tornado. Formed without the descent of a precursor funnel from a storm cell, landspouts instead seem to reach up from the ground. If no material gets swept up, they can be invisible. This volcanic vent, called Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, is part of the Kīlauea's East Rift Zone, and has been erupting since 1983.

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