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Lava reaches the ocean for first time in 3 years

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This photograph looks towards the ocean, from a spot along the west margin of the flow, showing the ocean entry plume just minutes after lava first reached the water Tuesday morning.

  • USGS /HAWAII VOLCANOES OBSERVATORY

    Just over two months since the start of the 61g flow, it reached the ocean on July 26 at 1:15 am HST. The narrow ocean entry was creating a small plume of gas and steam during today’s overflight as the lava came into contact with the ocean.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    Geologists in the field Monday night observed lava crossing the stretch of land between the “emergency” gravel road and the sea cliff. This photograph shows the flow front a short time before lava reached the ocean.

  • HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    Rivulets of lava flowed into the ocean from Kilauea Volcano on Tuesday for the first time in nearly three years.

  • COURTESY DAVID FORD

    Lava from a vent at Kilauea Volcano reaches the ocean for the first time since August 2013.

Lava entered the ocean early Tuesday morning, just two months after emerging from a vent at Kilauea Volcano and beginning a steady flow toward the sea. Read more

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