Lava flows into the ocean in Hawaii – First time since December

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Lava from the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii has been erupting continuously from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983.

However, this is the first time the lava has reached the ocean since December, said Janet Babb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.Officials warned of potentially deadly risks and urged visitors to stay a safe distance away.

“Ocean entries can be quite beautiful but also quite dangerous,” Babb said.

When the lava reaches the ocean, it cools, darkens and hardens into a lava delta amid an outpouring of steam. The lava delta is newly created land that is unstable and can collapse without warning.

“The molten lava meeting the ocean creates steam which may look innocuous, but can be quite hazardous,” she said. “It’s acidic and contains tiny particles of volcanic glass. And waves crashing with the lava can send out scalding water.”

“Waves crashing with the lava can send out scalding water.”

And we wonder what is heating the oceans.

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3 thoughts on “Lava flows into the ocean in Hawaii – First time since December”

  1. I like cold weather, especially increasingly, year by year colder weather. But. There is no magic and my wanting it won’t bring on the Real climate change any faster. The trustworthy predictions speak of at least 30 years of colder climate this century. For now, I’ll enjoy that. Being an organic mortal, I can’t plan for an ice age coming ‘soon’ in geologic time. However, knowing the Interglacial should be over ‘any day’ makes me sleep better…

  2. Yesterday, this screwed World did a symbolic “middleeast election”. To me, this stupid world can BURN for all I care! I hope you are correct Robert Felix! A RESET button are needed for this World to once again go back to the Basics! A New Beginning are needed!!!

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