Minor explosion at Hawaii volcano spews more ash into the air

Minor explosion at Hawaii volcano spews more ash into the air

Minor explosion at Hawaii volcano spews more ash into the air

Nearly daily, steam explosions at the summit of Kilauea are creating sizable earthquakes, the latest of which happened early Tuesday.

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". Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.

Officials on Hawaii's Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations Monday as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn't threatening new areas.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to erupt from a fissure and forms a river of lava flowing down to Kapoho.

At Kilauea's summit, there continue to be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky. Scientists said a new lava delta has grown to 200 acres, while lava from Fissure 8 bursts 130 to 180 feet up in the air.

No one has died in this Hawaii eruption but some 600 homes have been swallowed by lava flows from Kilauea since May 3, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said last week.




Hawaii County Civil Defense agency officials are allowing residents with official credentials to enter Leilani Estates. Residents have been warned to avoid the area.

He also said the federal agency doesn't have a magic wand and won't be able to make everyone whole.

At least 12,000 earthquakes on Hawaii's Big Island in the last 30 days.

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.

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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