Lava From Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Enters Pacific Ocean

Posted: Jul 31 2016, 2:37am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 31 2016, 7:43pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Enters Pacific Ocean
Credit: David Ford

Kilauea lava pours into the ocean for the first time in three years and creates a spectacular display to awe onlookers.

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has erupted and the red-hot molten lava ejected from the volcano has now poured into the Pacific Ocean. 

The outflow from Kilauea started on May 24 and traveled down to the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday morning. It is the first time when lava from the volcano has entered the sea in nearly three years. 

The lava flowing into the ocean has drawn the attention of onlookers and has provided them a unique opportunity to capture some of the most incredible moments ever witnessed. 

Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in Hawaii, has been continuously erupting for more than three decades. The latest streams of lava flow has broken out at the volcano almost three months ago and moved around on various paths before reaching the ocean. Though the current lava flow poses no real threats to nearby communities but United States Geological Survey (USGS) officials warn all those who are trying to get too close to the spectacular display and are hoping for a more clear view to be cautious.

“There are additional significant hazards besides walking on uneven surfaces and around unstable, extremely steep sea cliffs. Venturing too close to an ocean entry exposes you to flying debris created by the explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the new land created is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. Finally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates an acidic plume laden with fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs.” USGS website says. 

Now here we have a collection of some of the stunning potographs  and videos of the lava flow. 

A video posted by MR_lava lava (@mr_lava_) on

A photo posted by MR_lava lava (@mr_lava_) on

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