Hawaii volcano lava flow destroys home in dramatic video

15 June 2018, 01:03 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Reuters Hawaii volcano eruption lava flow map The eruption is among the most destructive in US history

Hawaii volcano eruption lava flow map

There's no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open, according to USGS scientists.

Officials warned that gas emissions from Fissure 8 have doubled triggering air quality concerns, according to Hawaii News Now.

"Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water", the observatory said.

Lava flow from Fissue 8 is emitting unsafe gasses, officials say. It's covered more than 5,000 acres and is up to 20 feet deep in some places.

At Kilauea's summit, there continue to be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky.

A large flow of lava from a fissure that has already destroyed hundreds of homes is continuing to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

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"Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs".

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify.

The volcano has presented a myriad of hazards over its 40-day rampage across Big Island.

The current lava eruption began May 3 in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, about 35 miles away from the island's largest city of Hilo.

Thousands of residents have fled their homes and at least 600 homes have been destroyed.



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