There’s a tiny new island of lava off Hawaii island
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There’s a tiny new island of lava off Hawaii island

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A tiny island is seen off the coast of Hawaii island. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s field crew noticed the new island on Friday.

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A tiny island of lava has formed north of the Kapoho ocean entry on Hawaii island.

During a Friday morning flight, a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory field crew noticed the new island oozing lava and producing a steam plume along the coastline.

HVO believes the new island could be part of the fissure 8 lava flow, which continues to flow into the ocean. It could also be a submarine tumulus that’s created when slow-moving lava pushes the earth’s outermost crust above sea level.

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