On New Year’s Eve, nine hectares from the Kamokuna lava delta collapsed into the ocean, triggering gigantic waves and a volcanic material rain.
The Kamokuna lava delta is extremely popular among tourist, who labeled the place as a spectacular phenomenon.
The collapse began around 2 pm Hawaiian time on New Year’s Eve, causing officials to shut off the viewing platform and monitor the situation. But at 7 pm, five tourists ducked beneath the closure line to check out the cliff, ignoring warnings, writes Science Alert.
According to locals, the lava released from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island, Hawaii, ‘meets’ the Pacific Ocean, forming a new land, as seen in the video below.
This delta was only 10.5 hectares and given the 9 hectares which collapsed into the ocean.
In addition, the airspace (up to 304 meters) above the former deltas is closed due to the volcanic ash, so the US National Park Service has blocked access throughout the region.
Fortunately, the area is not frequented by people with boat or planes and the area was evacuated by the authorities before someone got hurt.
“Fortunately, there were no aircraft or boats reported in the area at the time of the collapse, nor were any visitors on the delta itself, which is closed for public safety,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.
“Had anyone been close by on land, water or air, lives would have surely been lost.”
Although the area is extremely dangerous, the phenomenon remains spectacular, as the film made on January 2 by John Tarson, who owns the Epic Lava Tours.