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Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Bay

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Aerial views of the ocean entry on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone on June 12, 2018, around 6:30 a.m. HST, show multiple small lavastreams spilling into the ocean along the southern portion of the lava delta in Kapoho Bay. The interaction of molten lava and ocean water creates "laze," a corrosive mixture of seawater steam, hydrochloric acid, and fine volcanic glass particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs. The helicopter overflight traveled from north to south along the coastline. Fissure 8 is visible in the distance near the end of the video.




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