Lava from Kilauea enters ocean

Photo: Kris Burmeister

On Hawaii Island, lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano has reached the ocean.

According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, a flow that extends southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō entered the ocean at 1:12 a.m. Tuesday.

Scientists say the narrow lobe of lava spilling over the sea cliff built a tiny delta at the shore with a weak ocean entry plume.

It had crossed an emergency access road inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Monday afternoon.

Kris Burmeister captured stunning images of the flow from Kalapana as it entered the ocean.

Officials stress there is no threat to nearby communities.

Those who are hoping to view the new ocean entry should remember that sea cliffs around the point are uneven and unstable.

As lava hits the water, it triggers flying debris as well as an acidic plume laden with volcanic particles that can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs.

Photo: Kris Burmeister
Photo: Kris Burmeister
Photo: Kris Burmeister
Photo: Kris Burmeister

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