Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world that has continuously been spewing lava for 33 years. Yesterday, the lava emitting from the Puuoo vent of the Kilauea volcano flew into the Pacific Ocean.
The lava from the vent had slowly been progressing towards the coastline for many weeks. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that the lava fell off into the ocean on Tuesday at 1:12 am HST.
The footage of the incident reveals a unique display as the bright red scorching lava, burning at 2000 degrees, cascades down the rocky southwestern shore of the Big Island of Hawaii and sends up clouds of steam as it hit the water.
The lava breakout started in late May. As it progressed towards the coastline, the lava enthusiasts from all over the world waited on tenterhooks to see if it hits the ocean.
On falling into the water, the lava cools down quickly and hardens to form rock. It implies that the Big Island is growing bigger as the lava continues to meet water.
Albeit being a fascinating sight, it is extremely dangerous as well. The tourists and the fans alike are flocking to the site of the rare phenomenon in boats and by foot. However, the U.S. Geological Survey website has urged the crowd to maintain a safe distance from the lava flow.
This lava flow does not pose any threat to the Big Island community. See more images of the lava flow into the ocean here: