Small explosions, seismic activity continues from Hawaii's Kilauea

Small explosions, seismic activity continues from Hawaii's Kilauea

Kerry Wise
June 15, 2018

A 5.3-magnitude quake accompanied the latest eruption.

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

The lava is "enough to cover Manhattan 6.5 feet deep" and fill 11.3 million average dump trucks, it said.

The lava is also flowing into the ocean, where it has created about 200 acres of new land, while also releasing risky gas plumes and causing explosions as the molten rock hits the cold water. "The lava flow is contained within a channel flowing to the ocean with only minor outflows". He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".

At Kilauea's summit, there continue to be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky.

Latest updates from USGS at 09:32 pm BST said: "A line of closely spaced vents at Fissure 8 are continuing to erupt producing fountains reaching heights up to 160 feet, just higher than the spatter cone around them".

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Scientists warn against venturing too close to lava hitting water, saying it could expose people to dangers from flying debris.

Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume, civil defense reported Sunday morning.

"Lava can't get hotter than where we are".

The current lava eruption began May 3 in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, about 35 miles away from the island's largest city of Hilo.

The other half of the residents in a more vulnerable area are allowed back during the day if conditions are safe. To date, the lava has destroyed more than 600 homes.