Hawaii volcano eruption destroys 35 structures … and the lava keeps flowing
Hawaii volcano eruption destroys 35 structures … and the lava keeps flowing Kīlauea is a currently active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaiʻi. Located along the southern shore of the island, the volcano is between 300,000 and 600,000 years old and emerged above sea level about 100,000 years ago. It is the second youngest product of the Hawaiian hotspot and the current eruptive center of the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain. Because it lacks topographic prominence and its activities historically coincided with those of Mauna Loa, Kīlauea was once thought to be a satellite of its much larger neighbor. Structurally, Kīlauea has a large, fairly recently formed caldera at its summit and two active rift zones, one extending 125 km (78 mi) east and the other 35 km (22 mi) west, as an active fault of unknown depth moving vertically an average of 2 to 20 mm (0.1 to 0.8 in) per year. Kīlauea has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983 and has caused considerable property damage, including the destruction of the town of Kalapana in 1990. On May 3, 2018, several lava vents opened in the lower Puna area, downrift from the summit. The new volcanic eruption was accompanied by a strong 6.9 earthquake, and nearly 2,000 residents were evacuated from Leilani Estates. By May 6, 2018 the eruption had destroyed 26 houses in the subdivision.
Leilani Estates, Hawaii (CNN)The destructive tear of this volcanic eruption isn’t over yet.
Lava and hazardous fumes continued to spew on Hawaii’s Big Island on Monday, four days after the Kilauea volcano erupted.
The Hawaii Civil Defense said 35 structures — including at least 26 homes — had been destroyed and a total of 12 fissures have formed, including two on Monday.
Authorities pleaded with tourists and sightseers to avoid Leilani Estates, where lava and fumes were bursting through the giant cracks in the ground.
“Please, the residents of Leilani need your help,” Hawaii Civil Defense said. “This is not the time for sightseeing. You can help tremendously by staying out of the area.”
Even longtime residents on Big Island were astonished by the magnitude of this destruction.
“It’s nothing that I’ve ever experienced on a personal level ever before,” said Jessica Ferracane, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. to read more go to the link below: