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.