Hawaii officials order some residents to flee from fast lava

01 June, 2018, 19:31 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Hawaii volcanic smog blankets Marshall Islands

It's been four weeks since the first eruptions from the Kilauea volcano rocked Hawaii's Big Island, and the lava is as relentless as ever. Since then, emergency officials believe almost 2,500 residents have been forced to evacuate as lava continues to flow, consuming everything in its path.

Civil defense officials have previously said about 2,000 residents in and around Leilani Estates were displaced at the outset of the current eruption, which began on 3 May. The official added the haze is expected to dissipate by the end of Thursday morning but will likely return as Kilauea continues to erupt.

All residents of Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots are advised to evacuate and complete their evacuation by 6:00 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, June 1, 2018, or risk the possibility of being isolated.

On Wednesday, Fissure 8 fueled a river of lava that traveled nearly a half-mile in 80 minutes, according to the Civil Defense Agency. Fissure 8 at the western part remains the most active, vigorously spewing out lava fountains up to 80 meters (260 feet) into the air and having formed a downwindsmall spatter cone of ca.

"This is the hottest lava that we've seen in this eruption, even just a matter of 50 degrees centigrade makes a big difference in how quickly lava flows can move and how they behave once the magma exits the vent", Stovall said.

"The impact of this is absolutely devastating", CNN correspondent Scott McLean reported from the scene as hot lava poured into the ocean.

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The most recent map of lava flows can be found here.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim on Wednesday renewed an emergency proclamation for 60 more days, allowing construction of temporary shelters and other relief projects to proceed on an expedited basis, without reviews and permits normally required.

The risky fibers - named after Hawaiian fire and volcano goddess Pele - are produced when lava splatter droplets cools rapidly in the air and can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash. Wind conditions for Wednesday were forecast to result in widespread vog - or volcanic smog- over the Big Island.

"We're going to have to say no, that's not safe", the agency's volcanos account replied Monday, saying if the vent was belching volcanic gases, such as sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide, the roasted marshmallows "would taste bad".

The road they're working to uncover is known as Chain of Craters-Kalapana Road, and has been covered by lava for 41 years out of the 53 years it has existed, the release said.

Forcing new evacuation orders in two coastal neighborhoods. Exact timing depends on the ongoing lava activity.

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