Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Lava continues to flow from Hawaii volcano

Lava continues to flow from Hawaii volcano

A small explosion on the summit of Kilauea volcano has triggered an natural disaster but there are no reports of damage.

Lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 55m from Saturday night into Sunday, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean, it said.

"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", the observatory said.

Meanwhile, officials said Fissure 8 continues to produce a large flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large plume, KHON2 reported.

The lava's entry into the ocean was also producing laze - a hazardous mix of acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

Kilauea volcano is near-constantly erupting from vents either on its summit (caldera) or on the rift zones.

Hawaii officials believe about 600 homes have been destroyed by lava flows since the Kilauea volcano erupted more than a month ago, according to The Daily Mail.

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 preliminary magnitude of the second event was 5.4.

Mr Kim also warned locals FEMA would not be able to provide help for reconstructions to everyone as the agency differentiates between residences and holiday homes. "FEMA doesn't have a magic wand to make it not happen".

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

The ongoing lava flows have forced thousands of people from their homes, although many have been allowed to return on a temporary basis, particularly in the Leilani Estates area.

That amount of lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools and more than 11 million dump trucks, and it could cover Manhattan Island to a depth of more than six feet.

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