Hawaii volcano unleashes more blasts, snaking lava after M5.4 temblor

Hawaii volcano unleashes more blasts, snaking lava after M5.4 temblor

Hawaii volcano unleashes more blasts, snaking lava after M5.4 temblor

Lava from the Kilauea eruption is redefining the coastline on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The U.S. Geological Survey said lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 55 metres over the weekend, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said Monday that it's beginning to scale back operations because while lava continues to spew from the earth at a high rate, it's flowing over areas that have already been covered and hitting the sea off coastal communities that have already been destroyed.

A map of the Kilauea lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures as of 3:00 p.m. HST, June 11, 2018. The preliminary magnitude of the second event was 5.4. Scientists said a new lava delta has grown to 200 acres, while lava from Fissure 8 bursts 130 to 180 feet up in the air. But in the past two weeks, more vigorous lava flows have poured downhill to the coast, blocking roads and destroying hundreds of homes in the Kapoho and Vacationland areas.

The USGS warns against trying to explore the unsafe ocean entry points because the potentially explosive meeting of lava and water can send debris flying.

To date, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes and forced close to 400 people into emergency shelters.

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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.

Mr Kim also warned locals FEMA would not be able to provide help for reconstructions to everyone as the agency differentiates between residences and holiday homes.

The eruption has also had a toll on the area's tourism industry, with many afraid to travel to the island.

Another ongoing hazard comes from lava meeting the ocean.

Eruptions on the Big Island started May 3, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

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