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35 years later, the Pu'u O'o eruption is still going strong

(Image: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory) (Image: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory)
VOLCANO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of Kilauea volcano's Pu'u O'o eruption, which began just after midnight on Jan. 3, 1983.  

The eruption is the most voluminous outpouring of lava from the volcano's East Rift Zone in five centuries.

And all these years later, the eruption continues to make headlines, most recently with new ocean entries and a huge lava delta that crumbled into the ocean.

The eruption first reached the ocean in 1986, and since then has created more than 550 new acres of land, destroyed 215 structures, and resurfaced nine miles of highway under as much as 115 feet of lava.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, the eruption covered the community of Kalapana.

And in 2014, lava advanced on Pahoa, threatening a number of homes.

As the eruption inches closer to its 40th year, it shows no signs of stopping. 

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