Latest Hawaii volcanic explosion causes more road hazards


Latest Hawaii volcanic explosion causes more road hazards

Since the Kilauea volcanic eruption began on May 3, it's spewed 113.5 million cubic meters of lava onto Hawaii's Big Island, according to an estimate from the United States Geological Survey.

Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano has been erupting since May 3, and according to the county of Hawaii's civil defense agency, another small explosion occurred on Sunday morning. Gas emissions from the vent have doubled.

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.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone.

A large flow of lava from a fissure that has already destroyed hundreds of homes is continuing to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

The Kapoho ocean entry area continued to produce robust plumes, and USGS said "observers also noted vigorous convection taking place up to 0.9 miles offshore from the entry points". Residents have been warned to avoid the area. The mayor said he's never seen so many homes destroyed in such a short amount of time.

The federal agency also reported a new 5.3 magnitude quake at 02:52 pm BST that had Kilauea unleash yet another plume of ash and smoke from its summit.

Lava flow from Fissue 8 is emitting unsafe gasses, officials say.

The volcano has presented a myriad of hazards over its 40-day rampage across Big Island. To date, the lava has destroyed more than 600 homes.

Over the last five weeks, 24 fissures have opened in and near the Leilani Estates community of about 750 homes on lots of at least one acre.