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Hawaii Volcano's Bubbling Lava Is Enough To Cover Manhattan

July 16 2018, 04:38 | Irvin Gilbert

Journalists and National Guard soldiers watch as lava erupts in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii U

Journalists and National Guard soldiers watch as lava erupts in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii U

As of June 10, Kilauea's Fissure 8 continued to spew lava up to 180 feet into the air, according to USGS. A 5.3-magnitude natural disaster accompanied the latest eruption.

Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island, first started erupting on May 3, resulting in lava oozing over residential communities and heading towards the Pacific Ocean.

"We've pretty much thrown everything at this event" since a series of lava fissures began emerging from cracks in neighborhood last month, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno said Monday.

Scientists say they are not sure when the eruptions will end.

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. He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".

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Also Saturday, there was an explosive eruption of rock and ash at Kilauea's summit at 4:50 a.m. that produced a plume expected to possibly blow to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View.

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".

"Lava can't get hotter than where we are".

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

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would carry out an assessment of the number of houses Kilauea destroyed over the coming days, adding the affected buildings could be as many as 700.



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