Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

06 June, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Hawaii volcano update

A 5.5-magnitude quake struck near the summit of Kilauea early Tuesday, but it was not strong enough to generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

"The lava breakout on the north side of the Kapoho cinder pits continues to be stalled southeast of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cinder Road", the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.

The United States Geographical Survey (USGS) has continued to place Kilauea volcano under red alert, meaning it is still now spewing lava.

He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".

Snyder said Kapoho Bay is nearly completely filled with lava, with the flow from fissure 8 protruding 0.7 miles into the bay. The flow has prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze - steam formed of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air. The Civil Defense Agency has warned it could cause injury if it gets in residents' eyes or is inhaled.

"It stings", he said. "And you don't want to be breathing that".

The US Geological Survey said the lava from the Kilauea volcano has covered an area of 5.5 square miles - four times as big as New York's Central Park. Magno described the molten lava as being "like a flood, pouring out, covering everything in its path".

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Hundreds of homes on Hawaii's Big Island have been destroyed from lava oozing from the Kilauea volcano after an early morning explosion on Tuesday, according to officials. He said that number was sure to grow because there were many more damaged homes to count.

Authorities will attempt to airlift individuals out of the neighborhood if the lava spreads further.

There is a possibility that some residents could have died in the disaster, officials said. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

"They are being asked to leave. They had become trapped after trying to move belongings, and had no cell service", a statement reads, CNN reported.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area.

Kilauea is the youngest and most active Hawaiian shield volcano, located on the southern part of the Island of Hawai'i, known as Big Island.

The monthlong eruption has claimed as much as a half of a forest reserve that's home to native birds and trees that have already been declining because of disease, state officials said.

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