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Offbeat Satellite photos show Hawaii volcano leaking lava, toxic gas

03:50  09 may  2018
03:50  09 may  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Why Hawaii's Newest Eruption Makes Volcanologists Nervous

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According to a report by CNN, at least five homes were destroyed after the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii 's Big Island erupted, ejecting molten rocks and high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide into neighborhoods. Hundreds of people were driven from their homes by the eruption on Thursday.

Sputtering lava , strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano . WATCH: Aerial video shows pink smoke and ash from Hawaii ’s Kilauea Volcano .

Image: Satellite View of Kilauea EruptionMassive sulfur dioxide plumes, extracted from ASTER's multiple thermal bands, are shown here in yellow and green. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Satellite View of Kilauea EruptionMassive sulfur dioxide plumes, extracted from ASTER's multiple thermal bands, are shown here in yellow and green.

New photos taken by a NASA satellite offer a unique perspective on the continuing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which since May 3 has destroyed dozens of homes and forced some 1,800 residents to flee the area.

Taken on May 6 by an instrument aboard the space agency's Terra satellite, the two false-color photos show fissures along the volcano's East Riff Zone that are leaking lava and the toxic gas sulfur dioxide.

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Sputtering lava , strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano . WATCH: Aerial video shows pink smoke and ash from Hawaii ’s Kilauea Volcano .

Sputtering lava , strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano . WATCH: Aerial video shows pink smoke and ash from Hawaii ’s Kilauea Volcano .

The fissures look yellow in the first photo (above), with red representing vegetation and black and gray areas showing old lava flows. In the second photo (below), long plumes of sulfur dioxide — a colorless but foul-smelling gas that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes — show up as yellow and green streaks.

"These photos are helpful to scientists, civil authorities, and the public in order to get the full picture of where new lava is flowing and where toxic gases are moving," Dr. Kayla Iacovino, a volcanologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, told NBC News MACH in an email.

Since they can help experts predict the locations of future lava flows and gas plumes, she said, "these images can also aid in the creation of new volcanic hazard maps, which help the public make informed choices about where to build (or buy) a new home."

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction

  Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction Magma has already devoured more than two dozens home in and around the neighborhood of Leilani Estates .By helicopter, the destruction down below can be seen clearly. There aren't any firefighters down there because there's nothing they can do. The volcano is an unstoppable force. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Lava from volcanic fissures slowly advances and overtakes structures and trees in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the aftermath of eruptions from the the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.

Sputtering lava , strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano . WATCH: Aerial video shows pink smoke and ash from Hawaii ’s Kilauea Volcano .

Sputtering lava , strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano . WATCH: Aerial video shows pink smoke and ash from Hawaii ’s Kilauea Volcano .

Can the photos help predict where new eruptions will occur? In an email to MACH, Dr. George Bergantz, a professor of Earth and space sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, declined to offer an opinion on that question. But he said that knowing the locations of the gas plumes is important because a mixture of air and volcanic gases known as "vog" can affect communities along the leeward side of the Hawaiian Islands.

Kilauea, located on the southeastern side of Hawaii's Big Island, is considered one of the world's most active volcanoes.

The Terra satellite, which was launched in 1999, orbits Earth at a distance of 438 miles above the planet's surface. In addition to keeping an eye on volcanic activity, its onboard suite of instruments helps monitor crop stress, coral reef degradation, glacier retreats, and other environmental ills.

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Image: Satellite View of Kilauea EruptionASTER image acquired on May 6, 2018 picks up hotspots on the thermal infrared bands - shown in yellow and circled in red. These hotspots are newly formed fissures and lava flows © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Satellite View of Kilauea EruptionASTER image acquired on May 6, 2018 picks up hotspots on the thermal infrared bands - shown in yellow and circled in red. These hotspots are newly formed fissures and lava flows

Two Dogs Trapped Between Lava And Fence Rescued In Hawaii .
Two tiny dogs in Hawaii have been rescued after they were found trapped between a fence and the dangerous lava flows. Brus and Little Dude were lost for 10 days after the duo panicked and ran from firefighters who were at the Leilani Estates to take their owner, Carol Hosley, to safety. Aloha Ilio Rescue, the same group Hosley adopted Brus from six months earlier, started a search for the pups amid the island’s terrifying volcanic activity.Workers for the local non-profit luckily found the dogs on May 13 near a lava vent in the Puna area.

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