Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - July 26, 2016

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Lava flow reaches the ocean

 

Lava flow reaches the ocean...

Just over two months since the start of the 61g flow, it reached the ocean on July 26 at 1:15 am HST. The narrow ocean entry was creating a small plume of gas and steam during today's overflight as the lava came into contact with the ocean.

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A close-up view of the ocean entry with multiple small fingers of l...

 A close-up view of the ocean entry with multiple small fingers of lava spilling over the cliff.

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Video of the ocean entry, showing lava spilling over the sea cliff....

Video of the ocean entry, showing lava spilling over the sea cliff.

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Nighttime observations of lava reaching the ocean 

Nighttime observations of lava reaching the ocean...

HVO geologists in the field overnight observed lava crossing the stretch of land between the "emergency" gravel road and the sea cliff. This photograph shows the flow front a short time before lava reached the ocean.

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This photograph looks towards the ocean, from a spot along the west...

This photograph looks towards the ocean, from a spot along the west margin of the flow, showing the ocean entry plume just minutes after lava first reached the water.

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