Recent visitors to the Kamokuna ocean entry have been greeted with the spectacular sight of Kilauea’s lava pouring into the sea to form some of the newest land on Earth.
Source: Volcano Watch: Kilauea ocean entry hazards — the plume is not your friend | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/vocano-watch-kilauea-ocean-entry-hazards-plume-not-your-friend).
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Here’s the latest volcano watch from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In addition to the Kilauea Volcano update, the report also outlines some of the precautions needed before you approach the ocean entry site of lava flow 61G.
Be aware of the dangers presented by lava delta collapses near the ocean entry point. The new land is unstable and may “trigger explosions that hurl rocks hundreds of meters (yards) inland and seaward.” These explosions may create large waves of scalding water which could reach far inland.
Lava tubes leading to the ocean entry point can be unstable and weak, making walking over them extremely dangerous.
Ocean entry steam plumes can contain volcanic glass, seawater steam, and hydrochloric acid. These fumes could create respiratory distress and render you unable to escape.
If you hike into the ocean entry area, be sure to come with plenty of water, sunscreen, and suitable clothing, including sturdy hiking boots. Stick to the trail and don’t wander off into a benign-looking slab of lava.
Follow these tips and enjoy the volcanic display safely.
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