A tall scarp 8-10 m above a lava bench marks the headwall of
an earlier bench collapse. The collapse event swept away the
previous bench and a significant part of the lava delta above
the bench (area to left of scarp). The original sea cliff in
this area is completely covered by the delta.
Because even more of the delta could be swept into the sea
during the next big bench collapse, this area should not be
considered safe for viewing the activity.
In this image, lava travels through tubes within the new bench and enters the sea at several entry points as indicated by the steam plumes in the distance. Very small explosions sometimes occur at the entry points when the cooled crust of a lava tube sloughs off and the molten lava within is exposed to waves.