Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

18th Lava-Spewing Fissure in Hawaii Volcano Leads to New Evacuations

18th Lava-Spewing Fissure in Hawaii Volcano Leads to New Evacuations

The planned airlift of 2,000 residents using four Black Hawk helicopters will begin if new volcanic fissures close off road access to semi-rural neighbourhoods.

Tina Neal, USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientist said plumes of steam and spouts of lava are nothing compared to what is yet to come.

Fissure 17 has only just recently opened and is slowly moving towards the east coast of Hawaii.

Rather than exploding, at Kilauea "you get an oozing of lava at the surface", explains U.S. Geological Survey volcano hazards coordinator Charles Mandeville.

There was "an immediate impact" after the Kilauea volcano first erupted on May 3. One that opened Saturday night was spattering, but no flow had formed.

Most of the lava outbreaks have occurred in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood, where molten rock has burst through the ground, destroying more than two dozen homes and resulting in evacuation orders for almost 2,000 people. "There is some intermittent spatter but no substantial lava flow". "There are no homes or roads threatened at this time".

Lava samples from the devastating volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island are being analyzed at Hamilton College.

According to CNN, 2,000 people have been evacuated so far, and community centers are being made available to serve shelters for families and their pets.

Two dogs who were missing for 10 days in the chaos of volcano evacuations in Hawaii were pulled to safety on Sunday morning -after the animals were "surrounded by lava", rescuers said.

More than a dozen fissures have opened in and around Leilani Estates in Hawaii, prompting officials to issue a warning about the potential eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

More than 12 lava fissures have been recorded in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna, Hawaii, as of May 9.

The eruptions have forced over 2000 people to evacuate their homes, but local authorities say they hope tourists will still visit the island. The field of hardened lava rocks in the foreground is from previous eruptions.

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