HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey officials are concerned over what they say is risky behavior by visitors to Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
KITV-TV (http://is.gd/ayAP5G) reports that the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the problem is that people continue to get too close to Kilauea’s current ocean entry, approaching both by land and sea.
HVO officials say areas of ocean entry are dangerous places. Lava entering the sea builds a platform of new land known as a lava delta, which appears stable but is not. Lava deltas can collapse without warning.
Kayakers visiting the volcano on the Big Island recently paddled just feet from lava streaming into the ocean. They then went ashore and walked across new land built by the ocean entry and scooped molten lava with their paddles.