Local scientists help analyze Hawaiian volcanic eruptions

Local scientists help analyze Hawaiian volcanic eruptions

Kilauea's eruption began on May 3 and his sparked evacuations and destroyed dozens of structures in the lava flow zone.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also shockingly detailed that explosions on the island had launched lava "more than 100 feet into the air" as the situation on the island continues to worsen.

The Big Island tourism board estimates $5 million worth of cancellations from May through July.

Two more fissures opened in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 19. Board executive director Ross Birch says this is the "first leak we're seeing out of the bucket".

Civil Defense officials added that fissure 17, which opened over the weekend, is still active.

Mount Kilauea, a volcano in Hawaii, continues to spew lava across Big Island.

The new eruption was reported Monday in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision, an area that has already been evacuated.

The USGS warned that fissures could erupt throughout the area, and Civil Defense officials on Sunday ordered people living on Halekamahina Road to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter.

"It's down to one gravel road, that's what also pushed us over the edge", said Rob Guzman, who with his husband Bob Kirk chose to leave their home in the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision around 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south of Leilani Estates.

Kilauea began erupting on May 3.

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.

Geologists warn that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl huge rocks and ash miles into the sky.

A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii's Big Island has sent gases and lava exploding into the air.

The many different cracks that have formed during the eruption are making tracking the progress of the flows especially challenging, forcing officials to monitor many different locations simultaneously to determine who needs to be evacuated and where the lava might head in the days to come.

After a new fissure opened on Wednesday about half a mile from a geothermal power plant, Hawaii Governor David Ige set up an emergency task force to remove the pentane used in the plant's turbines.



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