Monday, 18 June, 2018

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano creates new coastline

APLava fills Hawaii ocean bay APLava fills Hawaii ocean bay
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 07:04

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said lava has destroyed more than 600 homes since early last month.

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 U.S. Geological Survey released drone footage of the lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

US Geological Survey officials say the flow was still very active and there is no way of knowing when the eruption will end or whether more lava-spewing vents could open.

"This is the hottest lava we've seen during this eruption", Wendy Stovall, a scientist with USGS told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

The massive lava flow from Fissure 8 was spotted entering the ocean beyond what was once Kapoho Bay by a satellite on June 7.

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has been erupting for 33 days.

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Depending on climate, rainfall and other variables, new vegetation could start growing soon, but it would take much longer for the fertile land and lush rainforests to build back up.

More than 10 earthquakes that registered over 3.0 magnitude shook the area Wednesday and the USGS said it had been expecting an explosive event amid all the activity.

But the land is still highly unpredictable, and once the lava cools and hardens it will leave behind a jagged, scorched landscape with razor-sharp shards of volcanic rock.

As of early Friday 24 separate fissures covered almost 8 square miles of land in lava.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said there were several earthquakes at the summit early this morning.

Lava continues shooting out of the ground, as high as 150-feet in the air, then travels all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Authorities began evacuating the greater Kapoho area last week and ushered most of the last remaining residents to safety early on Saturday, hours before the lava flow severed all road access to the region.

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