Eruption intensifies, lava continues to spread in lower rift zone

Eruption intensifies, lava continues to spread in lower rift zone

Eruption intensifies, lava continues to spread in lower rift zone

The eruptions have opened almost 20 vents in the ground.

More lava-belching cracks are expected to open among homes and countryside some 25 miles (40 km) east of Kilauea's smoking summit, possibly blocking one of the last exit routes, Highway 132.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also shockingly detailed that explosions on the island had launched lava "more than 100 feet into the air" as the situation on the island continues to worsen.

Tourism on the island brought in $2.5 billion in revenue a year ago.

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In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey said that pent-up steam could cause an explosion at the top of the volcano as the pool of lava recedes, launching a 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) plume that could spread debris over 12 miles (19 kilometers).

The National Weather Service has warned residents of "light ashfall" throughout the day in the island's southernmost district after a burst of volcanic emissions.

Another fissure has opened up on Hawaii's Big Island, ripping through the ground in the wake of the unsafe eruption of the Kilauea volcano, the Hawaiian Civil Defense said on Monday. Civil defense officials warn of volcanic gas emissions and active eruptions with this new fissure.

It added that lava was continuing to spew from multiple points of the active fissure system.

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The Honolulu County Mayor's office, which oversees Puna, said on Sunday that lava eruptions had destroyed 37 structures. "When that happens, we can have a very explosive steam eruption here at the summit, which could send a shower of rock and ash all over the decK...so we're closing the park".

Residents living near the fissure were told to evacuate and two nearby community centres were serving as shelters for people and pets.

Two new fissures opened on Saturday, bringing the total number of lava outbreaks in and around Leilani Estates to 17.

Initial reports stated that the lava bubbled up out of large fissures that had developed in the ground near a residential area, but the spattering and flow was so slow-moving that it didn't make it more than a few yards before cooling off. At present, Kilauea volcano is still having one of the most long-lived eruptions known on earth, which started in 1983 on the eastern rift zone and has mainly been concentrated at the Pu'u 'O'o vent.

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