Lava Shoots Through Hawaii Neighborhood After Volcano Eruption

07 May, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • A fissure on Leilani and Kaupili Streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision caused by an eruption of the Kilauea Volcano is shown following a series of earthquakes in Hawaii

Although lava moves very slowly, Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS), said residents should remain alert and vigilant.

The flow of lava intensified Sunday from ongoing eruptions at Hawaii Island's Kilauea volcano, and molten rock is pouring from fissures that opened overnight, farther from the original eruptions. The U.S. Geological Survey says one of the new fissures has already stopped shooting lava.

The Hawaii Fire Department reported extremely high levels of unsafe sulfur dioxide gas detected in the evacuation area, the Civil Defense Agency said.

Amber Makuakane, 37, a teacher and single mother of two, said her three-bedroom house in Leilani Estates was destroyed by lava.

Scientists and volcanologists are now trying to determine the movement of the magma under the volcano.

The Big Island's active volcano, Kilauea, erupted last week, causing the ground to open up in a development called Leilani Estates according to a report by The Washington Post. Another neighborhood, Lanipuna Gardens, remains under a mandatory evacuation order because of the high levels of toxic gases in the air.

He monitored distant cameras arrange in his residence and stated his residence was nonetheless intact.

He's living out of his van with his wife at the nearby community center and constantly thinks about things they left behind, but understands why authorities evacuated residents. He later saw a video on social media showing lava splashing and bubbling a few feet from his home, he told CNN affiliate KITV.

Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect the news of the continued eruption.

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State Sen. Russell Ruderman said he's experienced many earthquakes, but the magnitude-5.4 temblor that hit first "scared the heck out of me".

KHON reported that some viewers on the island of Oahu, about 200 miles away, felt the shaking.

Local officials closed volcano viewing areas while a portion of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was also closed.

"You have to ask Pele", Steve Clapper said when asked whether he had any idea when he'd return to his Leilani Estates home.

"I urge residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas to follow instructions". It predominantly erupts basaltic lava in effusive eruptions that mostly flow into the ocean but occasionally experiences explosive eruptions.

The volcanic instability at Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and Hawaii Island's youngest, began on Monday underneath the eastern flank of the volcano, an area known as the East Rift Zone.

News, two houses have been burned down by lava coming from the volcano. The series of quakes came after a collapseof a crater floor of Puu Oo.

Kilauea - which according to Hawaiian folklore is home to Pele, the volcano goddess - saw almost continuous activity during the 19th century.

Some officials said that the noxious fumes from the fissures was likely the biggest threat to public health, even as the island continues to be covered in lava.

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