Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

AM: Fissure 8 Filling Kapoho Bay, No Tsunami From Early AM Quake

AM: Fissure 8 Filling Kapoho Bay, No Tsunami From Early AM Quake

Clouds of steam rose over Kapoho Bay on Hawaii's Big Island after a stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano made contact with the sea on Monday, June 4.

Lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure advances up a residential street in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 27, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

The erupting Kilauea volcano has been spouting lava, ash and rocks for almost a month.

Here's the lava from Fissure 8 in Kapoho Bay, 24 hours earlier on Sunday morning.

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The US Geological Survey said the lava from the Kilauea volcano has covered an area of 5.5 square miles - four times as big as New York's Central Park.

Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii's five volcanoes, is feared to be on the brink of another major eruption after being rattled by more than 500 earthquakes over the weekend.

Mounting property losses were reported a day after five or six people who initially chose to stay in the newly evacuated Kapoho area after road access was cut off were rescued by helicopter, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.

An official count of homes destroyed has yet to be released, but Snyder said that, because almost all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were covered, the number is expected to be in the hundreds.

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Authorities are planning to airlift people out if the lava spreads further and endangers life.

"The lava breakout on the north side of the Kapoho cinder pits continues to be stalled southeast of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cinder Road", the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.

For those whose homes have been unscathed, the prolonged strain of uncertainty has grown increasingly hard.

Thousands in the Puna area had to evacuate after lava fissures started opening in neighbourhoods a month ago.

Lava burned two buildings at the plant, a substation and a warehouse that stored a drilling rig, officials said. The destruction is the largest number of destroyed homes since the eruption began last month.

The quake hit 3:51 p.m. local time and didn't cause a tsunami threat.

But the summit has quieted down over the past few days, as tons of rubble shaken loose from the interior walls of the crater have fallen into the void and plugged up the bottom of the vent.

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