Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

Lava from various fissures - and lately from fissure 8 exclusively - has consumed homes in Leilani Estates, the neighboring Lanipuna Gardens and farther east at the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions in Kapoho, where the once-picturesque Kapoho Bay, prized for its tidepools, was filled in.

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.

"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.

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.

Residents have battled vog - volcanic smog - toxic sulphurous gas. Wind, the agency reported, is set to carry "vog"-a unsafe mix of water, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide-around the south and west of the island".

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has destroyed about 600 to 700 homes since it began flowing early last month and there's no sign of it stopping anytime soon, officials said Monday.

Those figures underscore the incredible volume of lava that continues to shoot from fissure no. 8 in Leilani Estates, ground zero for the eruptions that started 40 days ago.

A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea Volcano on Sunday (Jun 10) sent ash spewing into the air, creating a driving hazard for roads on parts of the Big Island, the US Geological Survey said. During a Civil Defense meeting Friday, Kim said his goal is to have this project done within a year.

Minor activity was also reported at Fissures 16 and 18.

Fried papaya on a tree at Kapoho, January 1960.

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