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Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Jess McHugh
September 14, 2016

Kilauea, the most active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, formed a lava lake that has bubbled over into the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

Following seismic activity in Kilauea, the lava flowed into the ocean at Kamokuna entry, forming two deltas. The last time the volcano created a lava lake was in May 2015.

The state park where the volcano is located has continued to draw visitors, although safety precautions prevent tourists from coming too close to the volcano.

The most intrepid visitors can make the 7.4-mile round-trip hike to the lava deltas within the park, according to the National Park Services. Park authorities warned visitors not to come too close to the steep cliffs near the lava, or to walk on newly formed land, among other recommendations.

Kilauea asserts an imposing presence on the big island, standing 4,190 feet above sea level and covering 14 percent of the island’s surface, according to Live Science. Legend has it that the goddess Pele lives inside the lava lake of Kilauea.

Given the lava lake’s symbolic importance to some local Hawaiians, the National Park Services urged visitors to treat Kilauea with respect, warning specifically against such activities as toasting marshmallows near the lava.

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