Apparently, it's so hot that even lava has decided it needs to take a dip into the ocean to cool off.
The flow of lava shown in the video steadily cascading into the Pacific is from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Kilauea, located on the Big Island, has been erupting for 33 years but this is the first time since 2013 that lava flow has reached the ocean, Janet Habb, a spokeswoman for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
This particular river of lava began its journey to the ocean on May 24 as it escaped from the Puu Oo crater. Since then, the flow has been a popular attraction for hikers exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Now, with the lava flowing into the ocean, boat tours provide a different view of this geological event. And it is a geological event to be sure. As the Huffington Post points out, lava cools and turns to rock as it meets the ocean. Basically, the Big Island is adding a little bit of extra real estate with each minute of lava flow.
If you do feel compelled to take in the sights of Kilauea and Puu Oo, be prepared. Jessica Ferracane, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, speaking to the Star Advertiser, said the the hike to the lava flow is "10 miles round trip and there are no services" to aid hikers in the event of an emergency. Meanwhile, if you go on a boat tour, the mix of lava and water can create plenty of debris and, as Ferracane describes it, "an acidic plume laden with fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs."
Maybe just watch the video a second time?