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May 20 00:35

Nobody is talking about this - 'Hilina Slump" - Could cause Mega-Tsunami if it goes!

May 12, 2018: A major geological event is still ongoing in Hawaii as the South Flank of the Kilauea Volcano has moved 2ft towards the sea! GPS confirmed as lava and quakes continue. Be safe...

May 19 22:48

VOLCANIC POLLUTION

Excuse the global warming crap!

Volcanic activity, is an example of a non-anthropogenic source of international pollutions. Volcanic eruptions release large quantities of greenhouse gases and other aerosols into the atmosphere, these gases form massive clouds which accumulate in the atmosphere; this process is referred to as outgassing or offgassing In addition to magma particulates, known as ash or pyroclastic flow, volcanic eruptions release water vapor(H20), carbon dioxide(CO2), sulphur dioxide(SO2), hydrogen sulfide(H2S), carbon monoxide(CO), hydrogen chloride(HCl), and hydrogen fluoride(HF) into the atmosphere.

Figure 3 – Volcanic gas composition (USGS, 2010)
Volcano
Tectonic Style
Temperature Kilauea Summit
Hot Spot
1170°C

May 19 15:18

#KilaueaVolcano LATEST Video -- USGS update

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#LeilaniEstatesEruptionWe’re #LIVE from the lower East Rift Zone at 12p,

but here’s : Fountaining is occurring at Fissure 17, and Fissures 16-20 have merged into a continuous line

May 19 12:10

New fissures open, lava becomes more fluid in Leilani Estates

May 19 09:50

Kilauea Eruption Sends Ash And Lava Bombs Flying, Forces Evacuations

Another explosive eruption at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could blanket parts of the Big Island in ash.

On Friday, the volcano and its fissures spewed lava up to 200 feet in the air and ejected lava bombs — or chunks of molten rock the size of refrigerators.

May 19 09:49

Lava From Mt. Kilauea Isolates 40 Homes, Choppers Evacuate Locals

Fast-moving lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes.

With no other way out, helicopters airlifted four people.

May 19 09:49

Super HD Cam - Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna


40 homes destroyed yesterday

lava washed roads are cutting off people from escape

helicopters airlifting people out

PLANT STILL AT RISK!

May 19 01:18

New Fissure, 22nd Vent Located SE of Puna Geothermal -- Plant in Hawaii Remains Threatened

Forty structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.

Several fissures are active with spattering. A lava flow at fissure 17 is covering the existing lava flow, but no new advancement is occurring.

LIVE VIDEO

May 18 17:20

Hawaii National Guard Whistleblowers Warn Friends, Family Of Imminent Power-Plant Explosion, Tsunami

"A friend that works with our Civil Defense shared to just be prepared [be]cause the data is going OFF THEIR CHARTS, setting off all kind [of] bells at work."

May 18 17:09

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna

May 18 11:02

New fissure opens in lower Puna while others still spewing lava

The eruptions continue in lower Puna with yet another fissure opening on Friday morning and older ones still actively spewing lava.

May 18 11:01

Hawaii volcano explosions could go for weeks, experts say

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano exploded a tall, steely gray column of ash into the sky Thursday, just as scientists warned eight days ago. Experts say the explosive ballistic displays could continue for weeks, and they don’t know when it’s going to stop.

“There’s so many variables. It’s complicated, like a bad Facebook relationship status,” said volcanologist Janine Krippner of Concord University in West Virginia. “Something will eventually change like it has over and over and over again.”

In 1924, when similar conditions occurred at Kilauea on the Big Island, there were more than 50 distinct explosions like the one Thursday over a period of more than two weeks, she said.

May 18 11:00

2 Weeks After Hawaii Volcano Eruption, Residents Say Conditions Are Getting Worse

When the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, Gebbie and hundreds of others were forced from their homes in the Leilani Estates subdivision. His home is still standing today, but it's surrounded by toxic gas.

"It's hard to believe that it's happened in our neighborhood," Gebbie says. "And every day has gotten worse."

May 18 10:58

The Latest: Too risky to check if volcano hurled boulders

Geologists aren’t planning to check if an eruption at a Hawaii volcano ejected any large boulders.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory moved to a university campus after concerns that Kilauea could hurl big rocks.

Observatory scientist Steve Brantley says it’s too dangerous to send geologists to measure any possible boulders after the summit of the volcano spewed ash about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) into the air Thursday.

Scientists say more explosions are possible, but it’s not known when they could occur. They say light, wet ash fell in parts of a town called Volcano, about 3 or 4 miles (5 or 6 kilometers) from the summit crater.

Officials say that if explosions become more energetic, there could be boulders that fall up to a mile away or pea-sized fragments up to 4 miles away.

May 18 10:57

12 surreal images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption

May 18 10:56

Hawaii volcano eruption: HORROR video shows lava spewing VIOLENTLY from Kilauea fissure

Hawaii volcano Kilauea has opened up more fissure’s after it shot a massive ash cloud into the sky in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In the footage, the red-hot molten lava can be seen thrashing around in Pahoa during the early hours of Friday morning.

Lava and fumes are continuing to spew from active vents near the Kilauea volcano.

Geologists are monitoring widening cracks in a number of roadways in Leilani Estates, where cracks have ripped roads apart in some places.

May 17 11:38

Dramatic moment Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts from its summit and shoots an ash plume 30,000 feet into the sky - higher than the peak of MOUNT EVEREST - covering homes in the area

An explosive eruption from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the sky, with residents now being warned to shelter in place as the dusty plume engulfs the island.

The powerful, steam-driven explosion occurred at 4.17am on Thursday and started spewing large amounts of volcanic ash and smoke from Kilauea's crater on Hawaii's Big Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The National Weather Service also issued an ashfall advisory warning after radars showed the massive plume, which shot higher than the peak of Mount Everest.

The wind could carry the ash plume as far as Hilo, the Big Island's largest city and major tourism center, the County of Hawaii Civil Defense warned in an alert.

May 17 10:53

Kilauea explosive eruption

May 17 10:53

Kilauea blows top as eruption rocks Hawaiian volcano

May 17 10:32

Hawaii volcano: Fears for HUGE Big Island eruption as THIRTY-FOUR earthquakes hit in day

FEARS of a huge Hawaii volcano eruption are growing after the Big Island tourist hotspot was hit by 34 earthquakes over a single 24-hour period.

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This is from yesterday. As of 5 this morning, a major explosive event has started at Kilauea, pushing the ash cloud to 30,000 feet.

May 17 10:30

Hawaii volcano erupts anew, sends huge ash plume into sky

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.

May 17 10:30

'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

Hawaii (Reuters) - “Ballistic blocks” the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

May 17 09:29

Hawaii's Volcano Kilauea spews out 'ballistic blocks

volcano is blasting out "ballistic blocks" the size of kitchen appliances and the authorities are warning it could get worse.

May 17 09:25

BREAKING: Hawaii volcano eruption: Explosive eruption at Kilauea - TAKE SHELTER NOW

AN EXPLOSIVE eruption has taken place at Hawaii’s Kilauea with residents ordered to take shelter as the volcano sends a plume of ash 30,000ft into the sky after causing a series of earthquakes and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes earlier this month.

May 17 09:23

'Explosive Eruption' At Kilauea Volcano Sends Ash Sky-High, Locals Urged To Shelter In Place

It seemed things at Hawaii's Kilauea Voclano were calming down just a bit Wednesday night, but then an explosive eruption from the volcano's summit crater sent ash over 25,000 feet into the atmosphere at around 5 a.m. local time Thursday.

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency says people should shelter in place if possible as the ash plume is expected to spread to the southeast, creating difficult driving conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ashfall advisory for the vicinity of Kilauea.

Developing story...

May 17 09:02

Mega Tsunami simulation for Hawaii

May 16 11:52

Hawaii eruption news update LIVE: Major eruption of Kilauea could be IMMINENT

HAWAII’s Kilauea volcano is continuing its reign of terror, as new reports threaten a major eruption could be imminent. Locals were forced to evacuate after an explosive new fissure opened on Sunday, hurtling molten lava and rocks into the air. Here are the latest updates and news from Express.co.uk

May 16 11:46

Hawaii on red alert as Kilauea volcano eruption plumes of ash grounds planes

May 16 11:44

Hawaii Eruption: Inside The Red Cross Shelter

May 16 11:44

Inspirational people: Leilani Estates resident Ikaika Marzo

May 16 11:42

Lava tour operators fined

May 16 09:31

Hawaii goes on RED ALERT for 'major eruption' of Kilauea volcano as huge ash plume billows 12,000 FEET into the sky with the USGS warning of an 'explosive and imminent' event sparking preparations for mass evacuations

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could have a major devastating eruption at 'any time', the US Geographical Survey has said.

The volcano has been erupting for 10 days, and more than 2000 residents have already been evacuated.

'At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the USGS said on Tuesday afternoon.

The USGS also raised the volcano aviation alert level at Hawaii’s Kilauea to red - the highest level - which indicates a 'major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.'

May 15 15:01

Dark, Towering Plume Erupts From Kilauea

May 15 12:57

Panic as new lava eruption threatens to block the LAST escape route from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano

Thousands more people may have to evacuate after lava flowing from giant rips in the earth on the flank of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano threatened the last available escape routes.

One fissure opened up Tuesday and two others on Monday on Hawaii's Big Island, raising the possibility that officials might have to order further mass evacuations.

Lava from a huge new fissure tore through farmland towards a coastal dirt road that is one of the last exit routes for some 2,000 residents in the southeast area of Hawaii's Big Island.

May 15 12:55

Hawaiian Volcano: EXPLOSION EXPECTED! 19 Fissures, Spewing ‘Lava Bombs’

The unpredictable 2,000-degree lava is taking its toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island. But there is one predictable outcome: the volcanic situation in Hawaii is going to get worse. Evacuees are now awaiting an “imminent” eruption that could rain car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.

Nearly 2,000 people have already been barred from their homes for 10 days as the Kilauea volcano pours lava through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo, the island’s largest city. The eruption is showing no signs of slowing down either, with scientists warning it will “explode” anytime now.

May 15 11:54

Kilauea’s Next Eruptions May Mirror a Big One in Its Past

This week fissure number 18 opened on the east flank of Hawaii’s rumbling Kilauea Volcano, another in the set of rift-zone fractures advancing toward the Pacific coast. Several miles westward, nestled in Kilauea’s summit caldera, Halema‘uma‘u pit crater is evolving toward a hazardous scenario that reminds volcanologists like myself of a giant blowout that happened there in 1924.

May 15 11:53

The lava oozing from Kilauea may get hotter and spew farther

One of the early hallmarks of this month's lava eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island was that the molten rock, though it destroyed homes and roads, generally didn't often ooze very far.

That could change soon, with scientists saying lava erupting in the Kilaeua volcano's rift zone could be even hotter, and therefore more runny.

Why? To start with, geologists think much of the magma oozing from the ground into the community of Leilani Estates since May 3 -- miles east of Kilaeua's summit -- may have been stored in underground channels in the volcano's rift zone since a 1955 eruption.

May 15 11:51

Hawaii volcano: Kilauea eruption disrupts cruises to Big Island

The recently intensified eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has disrupted another Hawaiian island cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Hawaii-based Pride of America on Tuesday skipped a call at the Big Island port of Hilo, which is just 43 miles from the now-mostly-closed national park that encompasses the volcano. The 2,186-passenger ship instead remained at sea.

Norwegian also announced that Pride of America would skip a call at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island scheduled for Thursday. The ship instead will spend an extra day in Maui.

The cancellations comes a week after Royal Caribbean dropped a call in Hilo scheduled for its 2,143-passenger Radiance of Seas.

May 15 10:18

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could last for weeks — and paper masks won't keep you safe

Lava from the Kilauea volcano was burning through the rain forest Tuesday and is about two miles from pouring into the ocean, raising the likelihood the Big Island is about to get a little bigger from a flow that could persist for weeks — and could cause serious health problems.

Health officials at a community meeting Monday night cautioned residents that most commonly available face mask filters — the paper kind used for sanding and painting —would protect only against ash and won't remove the sulfur dioxide.

May 15 10:17

See lava spew hundreds of feet into air

More Hawaii residents have been told to evacuate as two new fissures open and volcanoes spew lava and fumes. CNN's Scott McLean reports.Source: CNN

May 15 10:12

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Updates Animation of Big Island Quakes and Eruptions

May 14 17:36

Hawaii civil defence issues WARNING as Kilauea Volcano releases POISONOUS gas

The Hawaii State Department of Health has reported that the current eruption activity is producing dangerous Sulfur Dioxide.

This is hazardous, especially for the elderly, young children and babies.

People who are downwind or close to the vents and lava flows are at high risk.

The Civil Defence said: “Be aware of the unpredictable nature of dangerous levels of SO2 gas because it can be carried far from the fissures with wind speed and direction.”

May 14 14:38

Two more volcano fissures opened in Hawaii, hurling lava bombs hundreds of feet

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to break new ground, opening giant fissures in the earth that are spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air. Two new fissures erupted this weekend and prompted officials to evacuate more residents.

Authorities issued evacuation orders via cellphone early Sunday morning when an 18th fissure was discovered, the Associated Press reported. Two shelters opened nearby to house families and pets.

May 14 10:08

Hawaii volcano prompts 'ring of fire' fears for West Coast

As Hawaii prepares for a possible "explosive eruption," confusion has arisen about the relationship between Kilauea and the West Coast's "ring of fire" volcanoes.

But experts say there's not cause for concern for those who live near "ring of fire" volcanoes. Here's everything you need to know.

WHAT IS THE RING OF FIRE?

The ring of fire is a series of volcanoes encircling the Pacific Ocean. It's known for eruptions caused by movements of tectonic plates. The 25,000 mile-stretch of 450 volcanoes forms a horseshoe shape. Many of these volcanoes may erupt at the same time, as it is all one dynamic system, AccuWeather explains.

Many of the most dangerous volcanoes in the country are a part of the ring of fire, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. These include Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington; Mount Hood and South Sister in Oregon; and Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in California.

IS HAWAII PART OF THE RING OF FIRE?

May 14 10:07

18 lava outbreaks, a jungle ablaze and a Hawaii volcano still poised to explode

Frustration, anxiety and unpredictable 2,000-degree lava are taking their toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island while they await an “imminent” eruption that could rain down car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.

About 1,700 people have been barred from their homes for 10 days as the Kilauea volcano pours lava through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo, the island’s largest city.

May 14 10:03

Hawaii volcano eruption: Tourists banned as expert says eruption could last YEARS

HAWAII volcano Mount Kilauea is close to an explosive eruption according to experts after another fissure opened up on the Big Island spewing hot lava and toxic gas.

And the threat of an eruption could last years, according to some experts, with tourists now being sent packing to save water.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warned the Halema'uma'u Crater could blow due to the withdrawal of lava at Kilauea’s summit lake.

May 14 10:00

EXPLOSION FEARS CONTINUE ON HAWAII'S KILAUEA SUMMIT

The 18th fissure opened Sunday morning, prompting more evacuations.

Residents near the newest one say it sounded like explosions were going off as the ground broke open.

And many are now waiting for what experts say could be a major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed.

Spectrum Bay News 9's weather experts say the Hawaiian islands were actually formed by volcanoes that started millions of years ago.

Just below the earth's crust is a magma chamber that feeds into the volcanoes, which in turn continues spewing lava, making the islands even bigger.

"There's a hot spot underneath the big island, it's the newest island in the chain, and Kilauea is what forms on top," said Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

May 14 09:59

Hawaii volcano eruption: Kilauea 1,000ft fissure blasts ‘LAVA BOMBS’ into air

The 1,000ft-long (300 meters) crack in the earth appeared suddenly on Sunday morning and started pouring red-hot magma and thick smoke from both ends.

Officials have warned of a potential imminent explosion at the volcano’s summit which could scatter hot ash and debris for miles around.

Residents living close to the massive gouge have described a near-constant roar as the molten rock churns and ejects 100-pound globs of lava up to 100ft into the air.

Shocking pictures taken from a helicopter captured the vivd orange of the oozing molten rock and pitch black of the seared ground against the lush green of the Big Island landscape.

May 14 09:04

New fissure raises concerns about violent Hawaii volcano explosions

A 17th fissure spewing lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano formed in the southeast corner of the Big Island, officials said Sunday, raising anxieties as the state braces for potentially violent eruptions.

The new fissure, a crack in the ground allowing lava to pour out, comes as state and federal officials already warned residents in that corner of the island to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The fissure was spotted west of state Highway 132 and led state officials to call for some residents along Halekamahina Loop Road to leave their homes. Steam and lava spatter could be seen from the new fissure, officials said.

May 14 09:01

Police find high-powered rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in a Hawaii hotel room of man who claimed to be a federal agent in a string of disturbing social media posts

A large cache of loaded weapons was found after police raided a Waikiki hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii Thursday.

The raid was prompted after FBI and Honolulu police were alerted to some disturbing posts on social media, they are currently investigating the situation.

The FBI contacted Honolulu police Thursday regarding a guest in room 803 at the Equus Hotel.

May 14 08:50

Huge fissure opens on Hawaiian volcano; some defy evacuation order

A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days.

As seen from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long and among the largest of those fracturing the side of Kilauea, a 4,000-foot-high (1,200-meter-high) volcano with a lake of lava at its summit.

May 14 08:40

How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

As lava engulfs the homes of many unfortunate Hawaii Island residents, it’s important to remember that the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would.

In the 1990s, the town of Kalapana was destroyed by lava, and soon afterward, private insurance companies, after suffering millions of dollars in losses, stopped insuring land in Lava Zones 1 and 2.

May 13 08:48

A Slow Emergency and a Sudden Slump

This type of motion is not new, it actually has a name. It is called the Hilina Slump. During the last strong quake in Hawaii, a magnitude 7.2 event on November 29th 1975, this slump slid toward the ocean by about 11 feet. Another temblor, the 7.9 magnitude Hawaii quake of 1868 caused the slump to move as well, resulting in a tsunami with a maximum wave height of about 60 feet.

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Following the 6.9 quakes, the south flank of Kilauea, below the rift, slid toward the ocean by 2 feet.

May 12 10:41

Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano

More destructive lava flows could soon hit Hawaii’s Big Island as the Kilauea volcano erupts, posing a greater threat than oozing magma that has so far destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, scientists said.

As a lava lake at Kilauea’s summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. It could burst to the surface as large, fast-moving and intensely hot lava flows and produce higher levels of toxic gases, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said.

“What will take a turn for the worse in terms of hazard is if hotter, fresher magma makes it to the surface, and that could be what is coming,” Neal told a conference call on Friday. “Once a new batch of hotter, gassier magma makes it to the surface we might see larger, higher eruption rates.”

May 12 10:40

Hawaii officials hope Kilauea volcano eruption won't deter travelers

Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travelers from visiting the state's largest island -- even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit. Travel industry executives note that most of the Big Island is free of eruption threats from Kilauea, which began spewing lava and gas into a residential neighborhood earlier this month.

The Big Island is "immense" and there are large parts that are unaffected by the volcano, said George Szigeti, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

May 12 09:08

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's Big Island as aerial photos show huge fissures in the land and lava swallowing homes, as thousands more are told to get ready to flee Kilauea eruption

President Donald Trump has issued a presidential disaster declaration for Hawaii's Big Island as the state copes with Kilauea volcano's eruption.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said on Friday the declaration means federal assistance will be available as the state covers costs associated with damaged roads, public parks, schools and water pipes. The funds, approved one day after Ige requested them, will also cover costs for geologists and security personnel at roadblocks.

Lava flows from Kilauea volcano have destroyed 36 structures, including 27 homes, as the state suffers from declining tourism despite assurances that most of its islands remain safe. The lava flowing from 15 fissures now covers more than 117 acres.

On Friday, Hawaii County Civil Defense warned residents of lower Puna to prepare to evacuate on short notice, in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.

May 11 12:44

Jimmy Buffett - Volcano

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Lot of people singing this song here in the islands! :)

May 11 11:46

Hawaii alerted to rising levels of toxic gas and geologists warn new areas may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground

Residents on the Big Island of Hawaii were alerted on Thursday to rising levels of toxic gas from lava-oozing fissures, and geologists warned that new areas east of the erupting Kilauea volcano may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground.

Hawaii County authorities sent a text message to residents of the southeast corner of the island notifying them that a wind change would bring rising levels of sulfur dioxide gas, which can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities.

"Due to decreasing trade winds, residents are advised to monitor their sensitivity to increased levels of SO2," the text message sent at 9:22 a.m. said.

May 11 09:20

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Thursday Night (May 10, 2018)

May 11 08:55

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT

High levels of unrest related to the intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of K?lauea Volcano continue. While no lava was noted erupting today from any of the 15 fissure vents formed thus far, earthquake activity, ground deformation, and continuing high emission rates of sulphur dioxide indicate additional outbreaks of lava are likely. The location of future outbreaks is not known with certainty, but could include areas both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or resumption of activity at existing fissures.

May 11 08:54

Kilauea volcano in Hawaii building up to massive eruption, say scientists

A volcano in Hawaii that has been oozing lava and steam for days may be building up to a huge eruption, scientists have warned.

They are so concerned that the Volcanoes National Park has been closed.

It is the newest threat from the Kilauea volcano, which started to erupt eight days ago on the US state's Big Island, the National Park Service said.

Lava levels in the crater are going down, say scientists, which means it may be clogging up before a massive blast.

May 10 10:25

The newest threat from Kilauea: 'Explosive eruptions' at crater

Meanwhile, rockfalls from the crater’s walls and ash plumes are expected to continue as the lava lake drops.

That's exactly what happened Wednesday morning. The USGS said a rockfall (not water interacting with lava) generated a short-lived explosion at Halemaumau Crater, sending an ash column high into the air.

May 10 10:22

Will Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano explode?

The steady lowering of the lava lake in Overlook crater within Halema’uma’u at the summit of Kilauea Volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks. If the lava column drops to the level of groundwater beneath Kilauea Caldera, influx of water into the conduit could cause steam-driven explosions. Debris expelled during such explosions could impact the area surrounding Halema’uma’u and the Kilauea summit. At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue.

Residents of the Kilauea summit area should learn about the hazards of ashfall, stay informed of the status of the volcano and area closures, and review family and business emergency plans.

May 10 10:21

Hawaii volcano park to close on fears of a possible explosion

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago.

Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano toward the area where lava began erupting in a residential neighborhood last week.

May 10 09:23

Scientists: Explosive eruption risk rises for Hawaii volcano

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago.

Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano toward the area lava started erupting from fissures in a residential neighborhood last week.

A summit explosion could also release ash, steam and sulfur dioxide gas.

Kilauea has destroyed 36 structures — including 26 homes — since it began releasing lava from vents about 25 miles east of the summit crater. There are now 15 of the vents spread through the Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said a geothermal energy plant near the lava outbreak was accelerating its removal of stored flammable gas as a precaution.

May 10 09:15

Hawaii Faces Acid Rain Threat After Lava Eruptions

For days, authorities have been warning residents of high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide being released from 14 fissures that have opened up in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island.

A disturbance is expected to approach Hawaii Thursday into Friday, which will increase the chance for rainfall, says weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. Moisture will remain over the region this weekend which will result in showers in portions of Hawaii at times.

With rain in the forecasts, scientists say acid rain is a real possibility.

May 10 08:04

A devastating volcanic explosion in Hawaii could hurl six-foot boulders more than a MILE through the air, say scientists studying its eruption

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send six-foot wide boulders flying more than a mile in an explosive eruption.

This would be the first time this rare type of explosion has occurred in nearly a century.

Scientists say the risks of an explosive eruption will rise in coming weeks, as magma drains down the flank of the erupting volcano.

A summit explosion could also release ash, steam and sulphur dioxide emissions, they say.

May 09 15:54

Hawaii volcano: 'EXPLOSION' at Kilauea volcano on Big Island - fears for MORE to come

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting for days following a strong earthquake earlier this month.

And Reuters news agency is now reporting an "explosion" on the Big Island volcano, hinting at more to come.

They said the US Geological Society had warned of a "fairly large explosion".

The USGS added: "May be first of a series of larger explosions."

May 09 11:06

Hawaii residents leave offerings for volcano goddess Pele as lava destroys homes

As molten lava continues its relentless, unstoppable flow down the Kilauea volcano, many on Hawaii's Big Island are looking to the ancient volcano goddess Pele for protection.

In Hawaiian folklore, Pele, or Pelehonuamea, is the ancient fire goddess, who lives in the Halema'uma'u crater at the top of Kilauea and is revered as the creator of Hawaii's landscape.

She's also known as Ka wahine 'ai honua, the woman who devours the Earth, which gives a sense of her destructive power.

May 09 11:05

People have tried to stop lava from flowing. This is why they failed

In other cases, explosive bombs were used in attempts to divert a lava flow.
One such example was in 1935 when a volcanic eruption on Mauna Loa sent lava toward the town of Hilo, on Hawaii's Big Island. Famed military leader George S. Patton, then a lieutenant colonel, oversaw a US Army operation in which military planes dropped bombs near the vent that was the source of the lava, according to the US Geological Survey.

The eruption ended six days later, but the effectiveness of disrupting lava channels with bombs remains in dispute, the USGS said.

After another Mauna Loa eruption in 1942, the US military bombed the channel walls of the lava flow. There were no significant effects, according to a research paper on the topic published in the Bulletin of Volcanology.

May 09 10:38

Is there such a thing as volcano insurance in Hawaii?

With homes destroyed and lava spraying into a Hawaiian neighborhood, the concern for many homeowners is: Will the damage be covered?

That really depends on the homeowner's insurance policy and how the home was damaged.

But there's no such a thing as volcano insurance or lava flow insurance, said Jerry Bump, chief deputy insurance commissioner at the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. It's such a specialty and so infrequent, that it's not available, he said.

However, damage could be covered if the homeowner had purchased a policy that covers all risk. But that kind of coverage is rare, hard-to-find and might be very expensive, Bump told CNN. It's unclear if any of the affected residents on Big Island has that kind of coverage.

May 09 10:30

Hawaii Kilauea volcano: 2 new fissures open up as 24-hour pause in volcanic activity ends

On Tuesday, scientists said the lava lake feeding the eruptions dropped significantly, and activity has decreased at all twelve fissures, or cracks, along a 2.5-mile span. But Hawaiian county officials said two new lava fissures had opened, bringing the total number fissures to 14, and ending a 24-hour pause in volcanic activity. The Hawaii Office of Emergency Management tweeted that everyone in Lanipuna must evacuate.

May 09 10:27

Days, Weeks, Years? Scientists Say Hawaii Volcano Eruption Has No End In Sight

The eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues. The lava has now destroyed at least 35 structures and covered the equivalent of more than 75 football fields.

Scientists have been tracking this event since it started last week — but there are still big unanswered questions, the biggest of which is when it will end.

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has been erupting for more than 30 years. Lava levels in the Pu'u O'o crater and the volcano's summit rose in recent weeks, says Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. They were "inflating like a balloon, because magma was getting backed up from below," she says.

Then last week, the magma at Pu'u O'o plummeted. "The whole bottom of the crater floor dropped out and the magma completely drained away from that system," says Stovall.

May 09 08:56

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Tuesday Night (May 8, 2018)

May 09 08:42

New volcano fissures force more evacuations on Hawaii's Big Island

Emergency crews ordered Hawaii residents to leave their homes after two new fissures opened up near the Kilauea volcano, almost a week after it started a series of huge explosions. People in the Lanipuna Gardens neighborhood in the southeast corner of Big Island were told there was an "immediate danger".

"The residents ... are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your understanding. We ask for your help," the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said in an alert.

Kilauea started spewing fountains of lava as high as 300 feet (90 meters) into the air on Thursday. Walls of molten rock destroyed houses in the southeastern corner of the island as deadly volcanic gases rose through cracks in the earth.

Around 1,700 people have already been ordered to leave their properties. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. But two new fissures - the 13th and 14th - formed on Tuesday and started releasing toxic gases, the agency said.

May 09 08:33

Toxic gas reaches extreme levels as new fissures open

May 09 08:03

Hawaii governor appeals for federal help as NEW lava fissures open up and residents are told to 'go now' five days after Kilauea volcano first erupted

Hawaii governor David Ige has called for federal assistance as fissures keep spreading from the state's erupting Kilauea volcano, spewing lava and forcing residents to evacuate.

Mr Ige revealed he had contacted the White House and the US Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) when he met with people on Hawaii's Big Island who have left their homes near the Kilauea volcano.

The eruption and lava has already destroyed 35 homes and buildings and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since it erupted on Thursday.

Red hot lava flows engulfed homes, trees, cars and streets - with nothing able to stem the inevitable advance of molten rock.

May 09 07:07

Hawaii volcano eruption: Shock NASA satellite photos show leaking lava and toxic gas

THESE NASA satellite images underline the magnitude of the ongoing eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which has destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of almost 2,000 people since Thursday.

May 08 18:15

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Tuesday Morning (May 8, 2018)

May 08 09:20

Mark Zuckerberg drops suits to force sale of Hawaiian lands

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are dropping controversial suits they filed in December to buy small plots of land that are part of a 700-acre waterfront estate they own on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

In a letter published in The Garden Island, a local newspaper, Zuckerberg wrote of the complex legal tangle, "it's clear we made a mistake."

In Friday's letter, Zuckerberg wrote that he and Chan's intention "is to achieve an outcome that preserves the environment, respects local traditions, and is fair to those with kuleana lands."

May 08 08:47

How a Hawaii crater collapse led to latest volcanic eruption

May 08 08:20

Hawaii volcano eruption latest: Families flee as rivers of lava from Mount Kilauea engulf entire neighbourhoods

People in Hawaii forced to flee a volcanic eruption that has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings have taken advantage of a brief respite in its activity to rescue their pets and belongings.

Rivers of lava from Kilauea have already accounted for entire neighbourhoods, and those of the 1,700 evacuees from the Leilani Estates neighbourhood on Big Island who returned home during the lull on Sunday and Monday to retrieve animals, medication and important possessions were warned to be prepared to flee at any moment.

Residents of a second area, Lanipuna Gardens, were barred from returning home on Monday due to the risk of deadly sulphur dioxide gas.

May 07 15:52

Facebook's Zuckerberg is suing hundreds of Hawaiians to force them to sell property to him

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is suing hundreds of Hawaiians to compel them to sell the billionaire small plots of land they own that lie within a 700-acre property that Zuckerberg purchased on the island of Kauai two years ago for $100 million.

In a statement posted hours after CNBC's story on the properties was first published, Zuckerberg wrote: "For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land."
Zuckerberg-controlled companies filed eight so-called "quiet" title lawsuits in a Kauai court on Dec. 30 requesting the forced sales at public auction to the highest bidder. If successful, the suits would allow him to make his secluded beach-front land on the island's north shore even more private, according the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper.

May 07 13:53

WEB EXTRA: Lava from Kilauea volcano consumes a car in Hawaii.

May 07 11:31

Hawaii volcano may threaten geothermal power plant

There are still nearly 50,000 gallons of pentane stored at the site, according to Hawaii News Now.

May 07 11:17

More fissures open, 31 structures destroyed from lava in Leilani Estates

May 07 11:01

INSANE Must-see footage of Kilauea Volcano DRAINING!!!

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The lava is flowing downhill through underground lava tubes to where the fissures have opened up.

May 07 10:16

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island smiles as it erupts

May 07 09:22

Hilina slump area, 2001

n 1868 and 1975 this region moved abruptly several to tens of meters during major earthquakes (M7.9 and M7.2, respectively) with attendant destructive tsunamis. The tsunami generated in both 1868 and 1975 resulted in extensive damage and fatalities on Hawaii, and the 1975 tsunami produced minor damage in California. The possibility exists that future detachments of this type, or far more extensive and catastrophic debris avalanches, will occur in the future. The entire south flank of the island shows evidence for slumping and collapse. This proto-slump has now broken into two slumps that are buttressed in the middle by Loihi Seamount. These slumps are the Punaluu slump west of Loihi and the Hilina slump east of Loihi. The presence of debris-avalanche deposits along adjacent island flanks indicates the potential for catastrophic failure of such unstable slopes.

May 07 08:38

Hawaii volcano shows 'no sign of slowing down,' destroys dozens of homes

Molten lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continued gushing into the lush paradise on the Big Island Monday, even as an eleventh fissure opened up, destroying more than two dozen homes and spewing lava hundreds of feet in the air.

The 26 decimated homes were located in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano, officials said. No fatalities or major injuries have been reported since the eruptions began Thursday.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters on Sunday that some of the fissures “have established pretty good flows and just continue to cover more of the subdivision,” adding a sizeable lava flow was heading north of a new vent.

May 07 08:24

Hawaii Residents on Big Island Face Triple Threat: Lava, Earthquakes and ‘Lethal’ Gas

Hawaii officials are evacuating areas of the Big Island following a series of earthquakes and volcanic activity that have put thousands of lives in danger and are damaging homes and infrastructure.

Although 1,700 residents have been ordered to leave, some are choosing to stay behind — a grave mistake, officials say, as volcanic activity shows little sign of slowing down.

Among the many threats they face are lava, sulfur dioxide poisoning and earthquake damage.

May 06 15:50

"This Is As Bad As It Gets" - Magma Flowing From Hawaii's Kilauea Forces Thousands To Flee

After first erupting on Thursday, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has continued to send molten magma up through the eight fissures that have now opened up in the ground in a part of Hawaii that is home to several ritzy neighborhoods, including the tony Leilani Estates, where residents have been forced to flee as the eruptions, as well as several powerful earthquakes, have destroyed power lines and disrupted and left parts of the surrounding area without water.

One area resident summed up the neighborhood's plight in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

"This is as bad as it gets," said John Bennett, 61, a resident of the Leilani Estates neighborhood forced to evacuate. "We can't go back in yet. I feel lost. I don't know what to think. I've never been in this situation before."

May 06 09:45

Hawaii on high alert as Kilauea volcano continues to erupt

May 06 09:43

Lava oozing up through MORE fissures in Hawaii - 8 fissures now

May 06 09:15

Mark Zuckerberg Sued Native Hawaiians For Their Own Land

May 05 12:13

Strongest earthquake in 43 years hits Hawaii: Thousands of homes lose power, lava from Kilauea volcano spews onto streets, roads are cracked and emergency shelters open for evacuees

The strongest earthquake in 43 years struck Hawaii's Big Island near the volcanic eruption at Kilauea which has forced residents to flee their homes.

The earthquake hit about 12.33pm Friday and was centered near the south flank of Kilauea volcano. It is the strongest earthquake to hit Hawaii since 1975 when a magnitude 7.1 struck in the same area, according to US Geological Survey records.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the quake wasn't strong enough to cause a tsunami but several reports do state that there were small tsunami waves around the Big Island. No tsunami threat or advisory has been put in place.

The state transportation department said on Twitter that no damage has been reported to roads but there has been more than 14,000 utility customers without power.

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