The following is an excerpt from Carla Herreria | May 5, 2018 | Huffingtonpost.com |
HONOLULU —Hawaii residents have gotten a scorching reminder of what life on an active volcano can be like.
Lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island started to erupt from several fissures in the subdivision of Leilani Estates in the Puna district on Thursday, after days of small earthquakes. Parts of Puna sits on the east rift zone of the volcano.
Eight fissures have opened throughout the rural area, appearing in roads, forested areas and some people’s driveways. Lava and toxic steam poured out of the cracks, sometimes causing an explosive display. Activity in these newly opened fissures typically last for hours before “shutting off,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
On Saturday afternoon, Hawaii County officials said more lava outbreaks were likely.
“In the future, expect more fissures to open, with the potential to have more lava flowing from the fissures,” Tina Neal, lead scientist of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said in a Facebook post.
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