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Lava Enters Ocean from Puʻu ʻŌʻō

November 26, 2012, 7:06 AM HST
* Updated November 26, 7:11 AM
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Kilauea Volcano, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A lava flow from the Kīlauea Volcano’s Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent entered the ocean at around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The spectacle drew a number of visitors to the area for tours over the weekend.

The activity came a day after a small earthquake, measuring 4.3 occurred at the Lōʻihi Seamount.

Lō’ihi is an active volcano situated on the sea floor about 19 miles from the south shoreline of Hawai’i Island.

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Despite being felt island-wide officials with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say there were no observable affects on other volcanoes.

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The HVO notes that the ongoing eruption of Puʻu ʻŌʻō–Kupaianaha at Kīlauea began in January 1983.

Since then, lava flows have destroyed 213 structures, and resurfaced 9 miles of highway, covering it with as much as 115 feet of lava. A flow in mid-2010 and early 2011, reached the Kalapana Gardens subdivision, destroying three homes, according to the HVO.

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