Hawaii volcano unleashes more small blasts, snaking lava

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

There is "a lot of desperation out there".

Mayor Harry Kim has set a goal to establish a new community for the displaced. To date, lava from Kilauea's eruption has destroyed more than 600 homes and covered more than 5,000 acres. "Some aspects of it can kind of start to scale down as the volcano somewhat runs into a stable situation".

This is continuing to feed fast-moving lava flow that is entering the Pacific Ocean at Kapoho in the Puna district near the eastern tip of the island, destroying everything in its path.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Janet Babb says there hasn't been a lot of change in recent days as lava from an erupting volcano keeps spewing from a crack in the ground.

The USGS said fountaining from fissure 8 reached as high as about 200 feet Saturday, and there was some minor lava activity from fissures 16 and 18.

It also warned that further ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible, advising nearby residents to heed all messages and warnings from the Hawaii County Civil Defence. Magno said additional workers can be called in if conditions change.

County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters Monday that fewer workers are needed to staff a 24-hour operations center and officials are reducing checkpoints. Half of the residents of a subdivision that had been ordered to evacuate after a fissure opened there on May 3 were being allowed to return starting last week.

Kilauea volcano is near-constantly erupting from vents either on its summit (caldera) or on the rift zones.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

A National Weather Service radar unit has been helping provide data about the heights of the ash plumes and the direction of ash fall. Ash expelled from the Kilauea volcano may cause poor visibility and slippery conditions for drivers.

The lava's entry into the ocean was also producing laze - a hazardous mix of acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

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