Officials warn of falling ash after explosion at Kilauea summit

Officials warn of falling ash after explosion at Kilauea summit

Officials warn of falling ash after explosion at Kilauea summit

A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano shot more ash high into the atmosphere, putting communities in the southern part of the Big Island at risk, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

A spokesperson for Hawaii County Civil Defence said: "What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean".

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

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Lava was shooting into the sky from one vent and there was "weak" activity at two other fissures, which weren't producing much of a flow and not advancing very far, Babb said. Many won't: FEMA payments generally won't cover second homes or vacation property or buildings erected without proper permits, and numerous properties in the path of the lava fall into those categories.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would carry out an assessment of the number of houses Kilauea destroyed over the coming days, adding the affected buildings could be as many as 700.

At Kilauea's summit, there continue to be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky. Residents have been warned to avoid the area. "FEMA doesn't have a magic wand to make it not happen".

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Hawaii is still enduring the devastating effects of the erupting Kilauea Volcano on its Big Island.

The lava is also creating laze - lava haze - a deadly mix of hydrochloric acid fumes, steam and tiny specks of volcanic glass, created when lava hits the ocean.

Thousands of residents have fled their homes and at least 600 homes have been destroyed.

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

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