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Kilauea Lava Flow Update

By December 14, 2012

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Lava Flowing Into the Ocean

As many of you may have read, lava flows from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, are, for the first time in a year, flowing into the ocean.

While the current ongoing eruption of Kilauea will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on January 3, 2013, it is not always the case that the lava reaches the ocean, allowing a great opportunity to get close to the actual lava flow.

Of course, safety must always be the primary concern when attempting to view these spectacular sites that Pele is providing. There are officially sanctioned ways to view the current flows of lava - from the Hawaii County Lava Viewing Area in Kalapana, from a lava ocean tour boat and by helicopter. Lava activity within Halema'uma'u Crater can be seen from within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

I have gathered the most recent information on these viewing opportunities, as well as some safety advice from the public affairs office at the national park.

I hope you enjoy our feature Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches the Ocean.

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