Local scientists help analyze Hawaiian volcanic eruptions

  • Local scientists help analyze Hawaiian volcanic eruptions

Local scientists help analyze Hawaiian volcanic eruptions

Fissure No. 18 on Sunday also produced lava flow and fumes, Civil Defense officials said, raising fear of more evacuations.

Geologists warned last week that at some point in the days and...

Kilauea's destructive activity is expected to continue and more residents may be evacuated as the lava spreads.

In this May 13, 2018 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, gases rise from a fissure near Pahoa, Hawaii.

Officials said they may need to order an evacuation of the entire area if a local highway is cut off.

Hosley and Aloha Ilio Rescue, the local nonprofit from which the pups were adopted six months ago, searched for the dogs - Brus, a jack russell terrier-pug mix, and Little Dude, a terrier mix - for more than a week as volcanic fissures continue to open up on Hawaii's Big Island.

So far, some 40 homes and other buildings have been destroyed by the red-hot lava that has been flowing from the volcano. "When that happens, we can have a very explosive steam eruption here at the summit, which could send a shower of rock and ash all over the decK...so we're closing the park".

Residents in the immediate area were told to evacuate, and two nearby community centers were serving as shelters for people and pets.

Hundreds have been forced the evacuate and dozens of homes have been destroyed.

"I've actually seen rocks fly over the tree line and I can feel it in my body", Schott said. Observatory scientist Steve Brantley says this most recent fissure measures 1,000 feet but is not acting vigorously.

"In a way, it's kind of exciting to see what's going on and be this close to it", Christian Ricks said.

Since the eruptions began, officials have ordered the evacuations of almost 2,000 people, mostly in the Leilani Estates area, where explosions could be heard on Sunday as steam rose from cracks in the roads.

Fissure No. 17 produced spattering and degassing with no consistent flow.

The latest cracks reported on Monday bring to 19 the number of fissures caused by the volcano eruption.

As a precaution, plant workers last week removed 50,000 gallons (189,265 litres) of a flammable liquid stored at the site.

With all the activity on near the volcano, concerns are still growing that Kilauea could soon explode, sending ash, steam, and giant boulders high into the air.