Kilauea lava enters ocean - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Kilauea lava enters ocean for first time since 2013

(Image: Shane Turpin/Lava Ocean Tours) (Image: Shane Turpin/Lava Ocean Tours)
HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Lava from an ongoing Kilauea eruption entered the ocean early Tuesday, creating quite a show for brave spectators.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the flow extending southwest of Puu Oo reached the ocean about 1:12 a.m. 

The flow started May 24. The last time lava traveled south down Kilauea and across the coastal plan was 2013.

Officials are warning those venturing out to view the ocean entry to use extreme caution. Dangers include flying debris and unsteady ground.

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