Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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People watching lava enter the sea on the south coast of Kilauea Volcano
Photograph by M.T. Mangan on November 20, 1992
From atop a sea cliff that marks the edge of the previous shoreline, visitors of the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park catch an occasional glimpse of lava building new land beneath a billowing steam plume. Lava entry points are extremely hazardous to visitors who venture too close to this newly created land in hopes of getting next to lava. Visitors should remain behind the former shoreline, and if the shoreline cannot be identified, vistors are advised to stay at least 400 m (1/4 mile) inland from a lava entry point.

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Updated: 1 June 2000 (SRB)