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