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Offbeat Hawaii volcano summit erupts with fresh ashfall

01:38  14 june  2018
01:38  14 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes Kilauea summit

  Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes Kilauea summit Some of the residents chose to stay, authorities said, and have lost power, cell reception, landlines and county water in the area. The earthquake happened at approximately 3:51 p.m. local, according to the US Geological Survey. It did not cause a tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

When rocks from the crater wall fall down, blocking the opening, you have all that steam buildup and it eventually erupts , sending steam, ash, and some rocks along with it. That's why Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed. "We have a bit of evidence in the ashfall that came out this morning.

Hawaii volcano Kilauea has erupted , sending a giant plume of volcanic ash spirally 30,000 feet into the air. Friday, May 18. 8.36pm update: Dramatic footage shows latest fissure spewing fresh lava. 10pm update: How does ashfall affect residents in Hawaii ? The eruptions at Kilauea's summit

smoke coming out of the water: Lava fragments falling from lava fountains at fissure 8 are building a cinder-and-spatter cone around the erupting vent during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii © REUTERS Lava fragments falling from lava fountains at fissure 8 are building a cinder-and-spatter cone around the erupting vent during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

The summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted early on Wednesday and fissures on its eastern slope sent fountains of lava up to 160 feet (50 meter) high, as the volcano showed no signs of calming down after six weeks of intensified activity.

A steam explosion at the summit will likely shower communities near the volcano with ash, the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said on Wednesday.

"The summit explosion produced an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4," the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

9,900 earthquakes unleashed on Hawaii Island in the last 30 days

  9,900 earthquakes unleashed on Hawaii Island in the last 30 days <p>From earthquakes to seeping lava, Hawaii's Big Island has seen plenty from nature since the first eruptions of Kilauea volcano.</p>And the lava keeps spewing, swallowing homes and igniting fears of more destruction to come.

After an eruption from the Kilauea volcano 's summit shot ash and smoke 30,000 feet into the air on Thursday, officials handed out almost 18,000 masks to Rain kept the ash from going very far, and the ashfall was light, but officials still warned people in the area on Hawaii 's Big Island to stay indoors

‘Explosive’ eruption at Hawaii volcano ’s summit shoots ash more than five miles high. Observatory staff had left their Kilauea station Wednesday, for a facility at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, after concluding that wind could carry ashfall their way.

The volcano has produced hundreds of moderate earthquakes since it first began erupting on May 3, caused by magma draining from inside the volcano and moving underground.

The magma has been spouting out of fissures from the ground along Kilauea flank, causing mass evacuations from communities. The most active fissure now, called "Fissure 8," continued to pour into the ocean at Kapoho Bay, producing a hydrochloric acid mist called "laze," formed when lava enters seawater.

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"Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high," the Civil Defense Agency said.

The Kilauea eruption, now in its 41st day, has destroyed more than 600 homes, spread lava over 2,000 acres (810 hectares) of land and opened up at least 22 fissures in the ground, according to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim.

It is the most destructive in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington, which killed at least 57 people.

Hawaii's eruption, however, has produced slow-moving lava that has destroyed hundreds of structures but allowed people to evacuate, in sharp contrast to Guatemala's Fuego volcano that ejected fast pyroclastic flows, which buried villages in burning ash and killed at least 109 last week.

(Reporting by Makini Brice in Washington; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Samdra Maler)

Kilauea volcano eruption is one of the biggest in recent Hawaii history, enough to fill 100,000 pools .
That's a lotta lava. Since the eruption of the Kilauea volcano May 3 on the Big Island, it's belched out about 250 million cubic meters of lava, making it one of the largest eruptions in decades in Hawaii. "It's nothing like what we've witnessed in recent history," Wendy Stovall said.Load Error

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