HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – The 61g lava flow continues to supply lava from Puʻu ʻŌʻō on Kīlauea’s south flank to the ocean at Kamokuna.
Active breakouts have occurred on the coastal plain a little over a mile inland from ocean entry during the past week. The activity consisted of scattered pāhoehoe breakouts, scientists say.
A USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory field crew will be conducting an overflight today to update conditions.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources also recorded some video recently of the lava ocean entry from a boat.
Scientists continue to warn of the significant hazards of the lava ocean entry. Besides walking on uneven surfaces and around unstable, extremely steep sea cliffs, they say 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.
The plume created by the ocean entry is also dangerous. It is acidic and laden with fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
Dangers aside, the visits to the spectacle – whether by land or by sea – remain a popular attraction.