Hawaii's main coastline expanded 1.5 kilometres due to lava

Hawaii's main coastline expanded 1.5 kilometres due to lava
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By Anastassia Gliadkovskaya
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Hawaii’s main island coastline has extended into the sea by 1.5 kilometres following the continual eruption of the Kilauea volcano since May.

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Hawaii’s main island coastline has extended into the sea by 1.5 kilometres following the continual eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

The eruptions, which have been ongoing since May, could be expected to continue “for months to years", according to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, published 15 July.

The eruptions have forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

Satellite images released by the European Union Earth Observation Programme, Copernicus, show the newly-formed land.

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