Fissure 8 dominates eruption with lava fountains, flows

Fissure 8 dominates eruption with lava fountains, flows

Fissure 8 dominates eruption with lava fountains, flows

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.

"The ocean entry is a hazardous area".

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".

Lava spewing in 160-foot-high fountains in lower Puna and flowing to the sea has now created at least 250 acres of new land in Kapoho.

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

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

The Civil Defense Agency's Monday-evening update warns that a large plume of acid rain and air pollution-also known as "laze"-is rising from the ocean entry points".

To date, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes and forced close to 400 people into emergency shelters.

He said: "We can't fix everything".

"There is no magic wand for this event", said Robert Fenton, a FEMA administrator.

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No one has been killed by this period of activity, but one man was seriously injured when a lava bomb hit him in the leg.

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

Residents have battled vog - volcanic smog - toxic sulphurous gas.

Eruptions on the Big Island started May 3, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

The current lava eruption began May 3 in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, about 35 miles away from the island's largest city of Hilo.

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