A large section of the 26-acre lava delta created at the Kamokuna ocean entry from the 61g lava flow has collapsed into the ocean. It occurred on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2016 at 2:45 p.m.
The collapse created large waves that caused older parts of the sea cliff, including a designated Hawaii Volcanoes National Park viewing area, to erode and wash away.
No one was injured, park officials said. There were no hikers on the cooled, black lava or tour helicopters overhead at the time of the late afternoon collapse.
The County of Hawaii also closed the Kalapana access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.