Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano's lava flow reaches the ocean

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Friday, July 29, 2016
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Lava from Kilauea Volcano traveled 6.5 miles to reach the Pacific Ocean.

A lava flow from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has reached the ocean for the first time since 2013.

Lava began flowing on May 24, and traveled 6.5 miles over Pulama Pali to reach the ocean on July 26.

While the lava flow is an amazing sight, the U.S. Geological Survey has cautioned observers to be aware of uneven or unstable surfaces around steep cliffs, flying debris created by explosions between lava and water and an "acidic plume laden with fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs."