Dramatic images capture lava exploding as it reaches Pacific

Steam plumes rise as lava from a fissure enters the Pacific Ocean on Hawaii’s Big Island on Monday near Pahoa.

The lava haze, or “laze,” is created when molten rock hits the ocean. It is just the latest hazard from a volcano that has been generating earthquakes and spewing lava, sulfur dioxide and ash since it began erupting in Big Island backyards on May 3.

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