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New photos show lava entering the ocean

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:52 a.m. HST, May 03, 2013

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new pictures of lava entering the ocean in two places near the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park boundary. Lava has been flowing into the ocean from what’s called the Peace Day flow.

The flow began on Sept. 11, 2011 when a fissure opened on the east flank of Puu Oo, draining a lava lake that had formed in the crater. The flow reached the ocean on Nov. 24.

The observatory also released a photo of a splatter cone within Puu Oo crater. There have been small lava flows within the crater in recent weeks.

The lava flows are visible from a Hawaii County observation point outside the park. Private helicopter and boat tours are also taking tourists near the flow areas.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
They say these Hawaiian Islands are merely 4 million years old. Guarantee two things: The Bishop Estate and McDonald's were not around back then. Also I would like to be alive 1000 years from now to see if The Rail is still chugging along in Honolulu !!
on May 3,2013 | 12:37PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Negative! Kauai may be only 4 million years old, Oahu about 2million and the Big Island less than 1 million, but there has been a volcanic island located just about where the Big Island is now for about 200 million years. Oldest islands are now just seamounts in the Emperor chain and even older have been ground up and spit out in volcanoes of Japan and Kamchatka. You are right that even Kamehameha/ Bishop Estates weren't here back then. Not so sure about McDino's Meteor Burgers.
on May 3,2013 | 05:06PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Per the National Geographic Society........Three of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands..........Pihemanu (Midway Atoll), 27.7 million years old........Kauo (Laysan Island) 19.9 million years old....... Mokumanamana (Necker Island), 10.3 million years old.
on May 3,2013 | 07:34PM
hanalei395 wrote:
The best known of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, now known as Midway Atoll, was named Pihemanu (shouting bird) by ancient Hawaiians, after the birds in profusion there. The birds are now called the Laysan albatross.
on May 4,2013 | 06:42PM
Who_Said wrote:
Powerful stuff...
on May 3,2013 | 03:11PM
romei wrote:
wow ~ truly amazing and beautiful !!
on May 3,2013 | 04:11PM
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