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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

Hawaii volcano unleashes more small blasts, snaking lava

  Hawaii volcano unleashes more small blasts, snaking lava Small explosions at the summit of an erupting Hawaii volcano could send ash into communities. Scientists say the blasts happened Monday, including one after a magnitude-5.4 earthquake. HONOLULU — Small explosions at the summit of an erupting Hawaii volcano could send ash into communities.

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.

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

  Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea Volcano on Sunday sent ash spewing into the air, creating a driving hazard for roads on parts of the Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 180 feet (55 meters) from Saturday night into Sunday, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean, it said."Seismic activity at the crater continues with gas explosions and ash eruptions under 10,000 feet (3,050 meters).

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)

Hawaii volcano lava flow destroys home in dramatic video .
Dramatic video released Sunday showed the moment lava pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano came through the window of a home and burned everything in its path. The Kapoho home was one of hundreds that have been charred by the massive lava flow coming from Fissure 8 on Hawaii’s Big Island over the last few days.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. Vacationland, a private development, has seen about 160 homes burned and Kapoho Beach Lots has seen about 330 houses burned.

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