That tiny new lava island off Kapoho is now a lava peninsula

Updated: Jul. 16, 2018 at 11:42 AM HST
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KAPOHO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - For a few days, Hawaii had a tiny new island off the Kapoho coast.

New information from Hawaii County Civil Defense officials indicate that's no longer the case.

In a flight Friday morning, geologists confirmed that a small island had formed near an ocean entry point in Kapoho, where lava flows are still cascading into the sea. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory estimated that the island was about 20 to 30 feet in diameter and a few meters offshore.

The observatory said at the time that the tiny island was likely part of the flow from fissure no. 8 that's entering the ocean, and possibly developed as a "submarine tumulus," which built up underwater and then emerged above sea level.

But county officials said Monday morning that the island was now a peninsula that had connected itself back to the rest of the Hawaii Island land mass – a mass that continues to grow larger and larger every day.

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