WeatherMatrix (Jesse Ferrell)

Volcano-nadoes? A whole lot of twisting is going on at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

By Jesse Ferrell
7/16/2018, 1:25:29 PM

UPDATE: And it continues... July 10th:


This video of a whirlwind creating a tornado of lava is going viral on the Internet today, but it's not the first time vortexes have been observed with Hawaii's Kilauea volcano since its eruption two months ago on May 3.

I've always said that vortexes are constantly all around us -- they just take something physical (dust, steam, water, clouds, or in this case, lava or smoke) to allow us to see them).

Last night (I don't know if it was at the same time or place), a full-fledged "firenado" was spotted by photographer Joseph Anthony:

There's also a YouTube video of a similar vortex on June 20:

Joseph also took this picture yesterday of a general circulation of the smoke:

And last but not least, a webcam image from the volcano itself showed a landspout (or more likely steam/smoke devil).

Interestingly, there were smoke devils over the volcano in March 2018, two months before it erupted. If you haven't seen this video, you're in for a treat:

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