Posted Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 12:19 PM
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Holiday vacationers in Hawaii may have to contend with an influx of adrenaline junkies this year.
Lava has been pouring into the ocean from the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island, creating a breathtaking display of steam and waves for the first time in more than a year.
Concerned that visitors will get too close, local officials warn the display can hurl hot lava and hot water up to 100 yards away as newly cooled lava collapses into the ocean. Steam rising from the lava and hitting the ocean is also acidic and carries dangerous particles of volcanic glass.
It's unclear how long the lava will flow, but officials are bracing themselves for an uptick in daredevils who want get close to the action.