A new destination is always exciting to discover, especially for avid travellers looking for somewhere different to go. Reports indicate that off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, a new landmass has emerged, stemming from the molten lava of an eruption by the Kilauea Volcano.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) agency found the island formation some meters from mainland while operating a flyover routine earlier this month. The formation was measured at around 20 to 30 feet in diameter; however, the organization did warn those passing by to not get close to the island, as it was still mostly comprised of scalding hot magma.
No time to wait for that to cool down. Sadly, as quickly as the formation popped up, it has once again disappeared. The USGS reported on Sunday July 22nd that the island is now connected to a main flow front via a lava strip; therefore, if this formation continues its growth, it will most likely be washed away by Pacificonce waves when the flow of lava halts.
The USGS also believes this mass could be something known as a submarine tumulus, a term that describes landmass that grows underwater. This will eventually emerge above the waves.
Travel and Leisure reported that scientists think it formed thanks to the newest fissure flow that is currently coming into the ocean.
While you may not want to visit the island, boat and helicopter tours are offered where guests can check out the lava flow around the area.
Kilauea Volcano has had lava flowing out for about two months now. During that time period, close to 700 homes have been destroyed, and the eruption has resulted in some injuries. In fact, on July 15th, 23 individuals suffered injuries when Kilauea emitted a ‘lava bomb’ which crashed through a sight-seeing boat’s roof.