Hawaii Lava Pouring into Ocean

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Hawaii Lava Pouring into Ocean

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Glowing hot orange lava pours into the ocean on Hawaii Island’s southern coast after making its way down from Kilauea volcano. When molten rock touches ocean, the water instantly boils, giving rise to noxious steam.

Underneath the surface, the lava cools and forms new earth, adding to Hawaii’s size. Hundreds of acres of new land have been created since Kilauea began actively flowing several years ago.

Watching lava enter the ocean at night is a one-of-a-kind experience heightened by the accompanying sounds of popping and cracking and smells of sulfur and steam.

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