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New photos show lava entering the ocean

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:52 a.m. HST, May 3, 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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