Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano reaches Pacific Ocean

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  • Lava from Kilauea Volcano is flowing into the ocean
  • Flow poses no immediate threat to nearby communities

(CNN)The Big Island of Hawaii is getting a little bigger as lava from the Kilauea Volcano flows into the Pacific Ocean.

The 6.5 mile-long lava flow has been dribbling down the south flank of Kilauea since May, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. It reached the ocean on Tuesday morning.
The USGS said the flow is about 20 meters (66 feet) wide where it spills over the cliff into the sea.
    The red-hot lava creates huge plumes of steam as it hits the water and begins cooling into rock, delighting locals and eager tourists.
    Kilauea, one of