VIDEO: Watch! Lava Flowing from Hawaii Volcano Claws

Thu Aug 18, 2016 16:46:24

On the southern end of Hawaii’s Big Island, lava flowing from Kilauea Volcano has made its way to the sea.

Flowing down the southeastern flank of the volcano, lava slowly creeps to the sea cliffs, where it falls about 200 feet (60 meters) to the rocky shoreline below.

The current eruption, from a vent known as Pu'u O'o, started flowing in May and reached the ocean in late July.

The last time lava from Kilauea reached the ocean was in the summer of 2013.

To get to the lava flow by land, visitors must hike about 10 miles (16 kilometers) roundtrip across the hot, dry and uneven southern flank of the volcano within Volcanoes National Park.

People can use a gravel access road to hike in, or they can charter a boat or a helicopter to view the lava.

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