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Lava Enters Sea in Volcanoes National Park

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Panorama taken close to the point where lava from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island was entering the sea in 2005. This was a 40 minute walk from the end of the road, buried in lava, and the area was roped off preventing people from getting too close.

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For over 20 years Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Island has been erupting in one form or another. At times these eruptions have resulted in spectacular lava fountains and rivers. A lot of the time in latter days the lava has flowed from the Pu'u 'O'o vent on the East Rift Zone of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park through a network of lava tubes over 11km before flowing into the ocean, thereby creating new land.

During the day it is possible to walk out over the new lava field from the end of Chain of Craters Road at the point where lava buried the road. The walk is very uneven, and, at times, the ground below is warmer than the air around, a reminder that you are walking on a live volcano. In the evening, people come to see the red glow against the night sky, a popular attraction on Hawaii and one of the highlights of a visit to Volcanoes National Park.

Lava tubes can be quite big, within the park is Thurston Lava Tube, an ancient one large enough to walk through.


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawai'i National Park,
Hawaii Island
HI 96718-0052


Car: Walk about 40 minutes from the end of Chain of Craters Road. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 50 miles from Hilo and about 90 miles from Kailua Kona on highway 11.

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