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Lava near ocean poses risks

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    On Friday evening, breakouts from the east side of lava flow “61g” provided good viewing for visitors who walked in from the Kalapana viewing area.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This close-up view of lava entering the eastern Kamokuna ocean entry was taken using a zoom lens from a safe distance.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The beauty of Kilauea Volcano’s eastern Kamokuna ocean entry can be enjoyed from a safe distance upwind of where lava flows into the sea. The eastern entry site has created a lava delta that is now about 5 acres in size; as this delta grows larger, so does the risk of a sudden collapse.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    Should the lava delta at Kilauea’s Kamokuna ocean entry collapse, fragments of molten lava and blocks of hot rock would be thrown both inland and seaward, potentially impacting people on the cliff above the ocean entry and in the boat in front of the delta.

Geologists and national park officials are warning people not to get too close to the lava entering the ocean because of the danger of a lava delta or bench collapse and explosion. Read more

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