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Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

Seismic activity increased at the Kilauea Volcano summit following a small explosion Monday morning, the USGS reported.

One of the fissures in the volcano shot rock 160 feet (49 meters) up on Tuesday, slightly lower than the 180 feet (55 meters) it reached from Saturday night into Sunday, the USGS said.

The USGS warns against trying to explore the risky ocean entry points because the potentially explosive meeting of lava and water can send debris flying.

"Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs".

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.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to erupt from a fissure and forms a river of lava flowing down to Kapoho on June 10, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.




An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

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.

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

Hawaii is still enduring the devastating effects of the erupting Kilauea Volcano on its Big Island.

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.

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.


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