Lava forms new ‘island’ off the Big Island

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A tiny new island of lava has formed off the Big Island.

Officials say it’s located near the northernmost part of where lava from fissure 8 is flowing into the ocean. 

According to USGS, it’s located just a few meters offshore and is about 20 to 30 feet in diameter. 

While scientists call it an island, they believe it’s possibly what’s called a submarine tumulus that built up underwater and emerged above sea level.

The lava forming the island is believed to be the same that’s coming from fissure 8.

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