Kilauea volcano beams through the clouds in mesmerizing time lapse

24 May, 2018, 14:37 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano's violent eruption continues — here are the latest images

US Geological Survey (USGS) released the video of the flames emerging from cracks on Kahukai Street in Leilani Estates, which was devastated by the volcano eruption in May. "The air quality has been so bad that everybody has been walking around with a (dust) mask".

Lava reached the Pacific Ocean earlier this week and a new lava flow is expected to enter the ocean east of MacKenzie State Park on Thursday, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The remarkable footage was taken May 22 in the vicinity of the Puna Geothermal Venture, a plant that brings steam to the surface by way of several underground wells.

Rumors and speculation have been swirling since a treacherous lava flow erupted from the volcano earlier this month, destroying everything in its path and forcing about 2,000 residents to evacuate.

Stovall said lava spatter from one of the vents was forming a wall that was helping protect a nearby geothermal plant.

Utility crews racing to quench the wells with cold water and plug them with mud had managed to mostly secure the site.

The facility also received a respite from Mother Nature.

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Scientists say the methane can seep through cracks several feet away from the lava.

A mixture of lava and haze produces a toxic mix of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles that have been fatal to humans in the past.

It's just the latest hazard from a weeks-old eruption that has so far generated earthquakes and featured gushing molten rock, giant ash plumes and sulfur dioxide.

Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3 as it began extruding lava and sulphur dioxide emissions through a series of fissures, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost non-stop for 35 years.

A Hawaii island man injured by what officials called a lava bomb spoke from his hospital bed Tuesday.

Tam Hunt took photos Monday of his neighbor's house, showing the ominous cracks splitting the ground under the home. The Hawaii National Guard has warned of more mandatory evacuations if more highways are blocked.

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