HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Scientists recently ventured into the danger zone of the Kamokuna ocean entry, documenting new explosion debris in the vicinity.
During fieldwork over the weekend, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists observed fist-sized rocks on the surface up to 50 yards from the sea cliff edge where lava from the 61g flow is entering the sea.
A small, growing lava delta at Kamokuna extends an estimated 25 yards out from the base of the sea cliff.
USGS says surface flows on the upper portion of the 61g flow field above the pali remain active, while “very minor and sluggish surface flow activity was observed on the coastal plain on Sunday and overnight in web cam images.”
The lava originates from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent, miles away from the ocean on Kilauea Volcano’s east rift zone. The lava flows pose no threat to nearby communities at this time, scientists say.