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The current eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, and continued lava flows into the sea has a small new landmass from the Big Island, officials revealed Friday.
The U. S. Geological Survey said the small island was formed from the northern most part of the ocean entry of the Fissure 8, and oozing lava similar to that of the larger lava flow along the coast.
In photos posted by the agency, the “island”, is located just a few metres from the coast, and approximately 20 to 30 feet in diameter.
A small island of lava formed from Hawaii’s Big Island on the northern most part of the ocean entry of lava Crack 8.
“It is most likely a part of the crack 8 flow is entering the ocean—and possibly a submarine tumulus, built up under the water and came above the level of the sea,” the USGS said.
Officials said that the new island was from 20 to 30 feet in diameter.
But everyone who wanted the new land mass in its ‘island’ form is out of luck, as the agency revealed on Monday it’s now back to the main Island by a strip of lava.
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“There don’t seem to be a collapse associated with the island, so it may have been an inflationary function. And yes, it is now no longer an ‘island’ thanks to the lava that is merged with the flow front on the land,” the USGS said on Twitter in response to a question.
Better late than never! Here are photos of the current activity in #Kilauea’s Lower East Rift Zone. Of special note is the new lava “island” formed off the coast of the northern side of the ocean entry, which was mentioned in the current #HVO Status Update.#LERZ https://t.co/oIEvfvO0AE pic.twitter.com/l9IbOChjbq
— USGS Volcanoes? (@USGSVolcanoes) July 14, 2018
Kilauea began spewing lava on 3 May. The volcano, one of the most active in the world, has already destroyed more than 600 homes and magma spewing out along the cracks in the eastern Puna region of the island. The volcano crater has also been subsiding. That has led to almost-daily earthquakes, rock falls and the subsequent explosions at the top.
A laze plume rises where lava flows into the sea from the crack of 8 on Hawaii’s Big Island.
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What the new island would be called, don’t look to the federal agency for the name.
“The USGS does not have a name formed in bursts – that is something that the local communities get to do,” the agency said.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed