HVO Warns Spectators Watching Lava Entering The Ocean

Sep 13, 2016

Credit Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Credit Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawaiian Island authorities are urging the public to keep a safe distance from lava entering the ocean.  Lava from the Pu‘u ‘ō‘ō vent continues to flow into the water near Kamokuna, and its attracting a lot of visitors.

But scientists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the new earth can build a fragile platform known as a “lava delta”.  The shelf can break off without warning… sending steam, boiling water and football sized molten rock in all directions.  Janet Babb is a scientist with the Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory. 

Over the weekend… the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater rose as high as 16 feet below the crater floor and splatter could be seen from the lookout at Jaggar museum.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory posts daily updates on lava activity on their website.