Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano New Explosion Causing Hazard Conditions

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High Alert – Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano New Explosion Causing Hazard Conditions Explosion at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea, Drivers warned of ash fallout following steam explosion at Kilauea summit. A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea Volcano on Sunday sent ash spewing into the air, creating a driving hazard for roads on parts of the Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Lava fountains from fissure 8 reached heights of 130 to 180 feet overnight, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean and measurements done on Saturday show gas emissions have nearly doubled, possibly indicating an increase in eruption rate from fissure 8. Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. According to the county of Hawaii civil defense agency, severe conditions may exist such as inability to breathe and choking. The agency said this is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population. The lava that continues to spew from Kilauea has reached a new high temperature of 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit. The lava, which has covered more than 5,000 acres (2023.47 hectares) in this latest eruption is not only expansive, but very thick. Scientists said that while the height of the lava is variable depending on the source and local topography, much of the area is covered in 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) of lava. People that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, though it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing. There are homes still standing in several subdivisions that have been inundated by lava, but many homeowners are unable to get back to those properties because the lava has already cut them off.
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CREDIT – USGS

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