Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Lost Almost All of Its Lava Delta to the Sea | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Lost Almost All of Its Lava Delta to the Sea

A lava delta on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano collapsed, sending almost the entire formation into the surrounding sea.

The phenomenon occurred on May 3 after a large plume of steam began coming from large cracks in the middle of the Kamokuna lava delta, according to a report from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Lava deltas are most vulnerable to collapsing when their coastal edge extends further into the water, which makes them unstable, USGS scientists wrote. This allows cracks to form.

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