Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry

Aerial view of lava channel

Detailed Description

Lava is entering the sea on the southern side of the entry area primarily through the open channel, but also along a 1 km (0.6 mi) wide area. The entry areas are marked by billowing laze plumes. The interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs. The effects of laze dissipate with distance.


Image Dimensions: 2448 x 3264

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Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US